Category Archives: Host Plants

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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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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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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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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First Migrating Monarch Butterfly Of Fall 2012

i saw my first confirmed sighting of a migrating Monarch Butterfly today.  It was well worn color-wise, and had a few tears on the wings.  I didn’t have time to try and tag the Butterfly, but I’m hopeful it will be around tomorrow. The experts are predicting another dire year for the Monarchs because of […]

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Monarch And Queen Butterflies In The Garden

I actually thought I posted this pictures last night, but I guess I just uploaded them and forgot to create a blog post. It’s a little early for the Monarch Butterflies to have already made it down to Houston as part of their migration, so I have to assume these are local Monarchs.  There is […]

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We Still Have Lots Of Monarch Butterflies And Caterpillars

This year is the first year that I haven’t had to buy Milkweed.  It’s not because we haven’t had lots of Monarch Butterflies hanging around, rather it’s because after so many years of buying Milkweed and letting it naturally seed, we have quite a few plants. Today I saw two Monarch Butterflies that were feeding […]

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First Female Monarch From Mexico 2012

I saw our first female Monarch from Mexico today!  She was laying eggs on our Family Jewels Milkweed (Asclepias physocarpa).  Overall, I’d say she looked pretty good considering she’s likely been alive for nearly 8 months and has traveled thousands of miles. When I see these Monarchs from Mexico I have mixed feelings.  On the […]

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First Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Of 2012 Laying Eggs

It must be getting close to Spring as I’m starting to see some Butterflies. For the first time this year, I saw an Eastern Black Swallowtail and she was laying eggs on the Fennel.  We never cook with Fennel, we just let it grow however it wants in our garden.  The result is that we […]

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Have You Ever Seen This Many Monarch Butterfly Chrysalises?

I know I haven’t posted in a while, I’m just taking it easy.  It’s also been a little more challenging to take photos since it gets dark so early. So on to this post.  I’m guessing that most folks don’t think about Butterflies two days before Christmas, but I wanted to share our Monarch Butterfly […]

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A Single Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

I’ve mentioned previously that we really haven’t seen many Gulf Fritillary Butterflies this year.  I still think the drought has something to do with that.  However, while I was out photographing the Monarch Butterflies, I noticed a smaller Butterfly chasing the Monarchs.  It turns out it was a Gulf Fritillary. I’m assuming this one is […]

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Monarch Butterflies And Caterpillars Around The Yard

We still have lots of Monarch Butterflies flying around the yard and even more Monarch Caterpillars.  Most of the Butterflies look very clean, not like they have been migrating for several hundred miles so I’m assuming these are new releases. What I’ve also noticed is that these Butterflies are mating, and in the case of […]

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Where Have The Gulf Fritillary Butterflies Been?

Before this year and the drought we have experienced, one of the most common Butterflies we had in the backyard was the Gulf Fritillary.  That has not been the case this year.  We have seen very few and as a result our Passion Vine is taking over one area of the garden (from the lack […]

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