Category Archives: Plants

Butterflies, Dragonflies And Hummingbirds Getting Nectar

I’m a little tired tonight, but not much detail is needed. Pulled out the camera again, and despite the horrendous afternoon light, took some pictures of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds, Dragonflies, and Gulf Fritillary Butterflies, and a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly laying eggs on my Lemon Tree. Can you find the Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird in the […]

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Butterflies, Dogs, Lizards, and Hummers

I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.

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Juvenile Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird Feeding

Ventured out in the heat to take some pictures of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. A juvenile male Hummer volunteered as my subject.  He was feeding on the Bottlebrush, Coral Honeysuckle (always a favorite), and just the regular hummingbird feeders.    

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Queen Palm Seed Pods

This is actually the fourth seed pod from a single Queen Palm tree that I have in my backyard.  I haven’t done anything different this year versus the other 7 years that I have had this tree, but for whatever reason, the seed pods are just emerging like crazy.  Even though this is the fourth […]

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Rare For Me: Male And Female Baltimore Oriole

I saw a pair of Baltimore Orioles today!  The last time I saw a Baltimore Oriole in the backyard was back in September of 2011.  I’ll apologize up front by saying these aren’t the best pictures, especially of the female, but I’m still culling through all of the pictures I took this evening trying to […]

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Birds And Mulberry Tree

I bought a yet another new fruit tree last year, a Pakistan Mulberry. It’s a wonderful berry tree, with long, dark red fruit.  Mine produces fruit twice a year.  That doesn’t mean I get to harvest much fruit twice a year as the birds tend to go after the fruit as soon as it has […]

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New Generation Of Monarch Butterflies Begins With Caution

The Monarch Butterflies have all left Mexico and sightings across Texas are becoming common.  It may sound like the “same ol” “same ol” but it’s not.  In my yard I have seen perhaps only 3 Monarch Butterflies.  Journey North and other Monarch Butterfly watchers reported that the population of Butterflies in Mexico this year was […]

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Bluebirds and Butterfly Caterpillars

Took a couple of pictures of the male and female Eastern Bluebird as they came down to feed on mealworms.  The male traditionally eats first, but leaves plenty for the female   Finally I took a walk around the yard to see what else I could find.  I was surprised that I have about 10 […]

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Spring Is In The Air With Birds, Butterflies, and Bees

I’ve got lots of news to share (especially since it’s been so long since I have posted), but only 1 picture. Let me start with what all is occurring in the backyard. The Monarch Butterflies have arrived, but unfortunately I’ve only seen 1-2. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds just arrived today (March 19).  There is one […]

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly On Purple Lantana

2011 was such a devastating year for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, at least in my backyard.  The drought was so bad I think it affected many Butterflies, but in terms of normal abundance, this species was hit pretty hard.  Fast forward to 2012, and now January 2013 and these Butterflies have really made a comeback.  […]

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Germinating Seeds From Republic Of Texas Orange Tree

Gardening in Winter is a non-event for many people, but for me, it means it’s the time of year when I get to harvest many of the fruits from my fruit trees.  One of the fruit trees I have is a Republic of Texas Orange tree.  I started picking some oranges in early January, and […]

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Zebra Longwing Butterfly Appearing In Houston Garden

Here’s something you don’t see every day in Houston.  A Zebra Longwing Butterfly.  According to the wonderful Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas book, “The beautiful and unmistakable zebra butterfly is unfortunately a rare visitor to Houston from Mexico and the lower Rio Grande Valley.” It was early this morning and I was letting the […]

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The Migrating Monarch Butterflies Have Arrived!

The Monarch Butterflies are definitely migrating through Texas on their way to Mexico.  I’ve been seeing 2-3 butterflies per day.  All of them are feeding on the nectar plants.  Strangely enough, I haven’t seen any male Monarchs, strictly females.

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Gulf Fritillary Butterfly With A Colorful Background

I like the following Gulf Fritillary Butterfly picture because of my accidental glowing background.  The butterfly is on a peach Zinnia, and behind that there was a pink Zinnia, and the blue background was the accidental part which is actually part of a pool float.

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Eastern Black Swallowtail Caterpillars Feeding On Fennel

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a female Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly laying eggs on the Fennel.  Well, apparently those eggs have now hatched to decent sized caterpillars.  There are four caterpillars just on this one stalk, but there were several others on different areas of the Fennel.

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