Category Archives: Passion Vine

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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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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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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December 2010 Monarch Butterfly Garden Update

I don’t have any pictures to share tonight but I thought I’d provide an update on our Butterfly Garden, particularly with the Monarchs. Strangely enough, we have quite a few Monarch Butterflies right now.  We’ve been releasing 1-2 Monarchs per day for the last couple of weeks.  In a way, this makes some sense.  In […]

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Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars Are Everywhere!

I got a big surprise today. I went outside to see if there were any Butterflies flying around.  I noticed a Gulf Fritillary flying nearby the Passion Vine so I went to investigate. Holy Cow!  There were tons of Gulf Fritillary Caterpillars all over the Passion Vine. I’d guess there were 50 or more. I’ve […]

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Butterflies Were Everywhere Today

Holy Cow!  Today there were Butterflies everywhere in the backyard.  We had a Monarch, Question Mark, Variegated Fritillary, Giant Swallowtail, Gray Hairstreak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, some type of Crescent Butterfly, and a Pipevine Swallowtail. I got a few pictures, but I missed several and several others weren’t that good as I got over-excited. The plants […]

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Variegated Fritillary Laying Eggs

This is a first.  We’ve had tons of Gulf Fritillaries in previous years, but never have we seen a Variegated Fritillary in our backyard, and certainly not one that was laying eggs. Hopefully she laid quite a few eggs as I would really love to see these Caterpillars mature so I can get some pictures […]

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How To Build A Successful Butterfly Garden Videos

I thought I would put together some brief videos on how to create a successful Butterfly Garden for my last day of vacation. There are a total of 5 videos, each one is less than 2 minutes long.  Watching these should give you a decent idea of how to start (or continue) a successful Butterfly […]

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Butterfly Brawl

After the dreary, rainy day we had yesterday, it was a welcome sight to have nothing but sunshine and blue skies today.  The beautiful weather also brought out all the Butterflies. It also brought out the “territorialness” in all the male Butterflies.  Probably the most aggressive was this male Monarch pictured below.  He would rest […]

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