Category Archives: Pipevine

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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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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Updated Butterfly Garden

I couldn’t stand it any longer.  Although there is a chance of freezing weather this week, I just had to go buy some new plants.  I’ve been tired of looking in the backyard and seeing nothing but brown. I previously had about 10 milkweed plants (which have been in pots that I take indoors when […]

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Old Faithful

These Polydamas Swallowtails are becoming semi-regular around here lately.  I saw at least two at the same time flying around.  One of them (in the pictures below (was trying all day to unload some eggs).  I even saw her after dusk and she was just hanging on the Pipevine with tons of eggs still trying […]

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Talk About An Eating Disorder!

Take a look at these Polydamas (I’m pretty sure that’s what they are) caterpillars.  These guys are huge and they still haven’t gone to pupate.  They look to me like they are literally about to bust. Speaking of Polydamas, I’ve been struggling on how to differentiate between the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars and the Polydamas Swallowtail […]

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Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillars Up Close

Our “collection” (not really a collection as we always release them) of Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars is really growing.  Right now we have somewhere close to 50-60 Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars in several enclosures.  I knew the eggs were all laid together (not one at a time like the Monarch) but I didn’t realize that these guys […]

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Polydamas Swallowtail (Mystery #1 Solved)

Looks like we found the answer to one of the mystery Butterflies.  It’s a Polydamas Swallowtail, also called the Gold Rim Swallowtail.  As mentioned in my previous post, this is a “tailess” Swallowtail and is a Mexican/South Texas (further south than Houston) native.  They feed on Pipevine. According to Joshua, from Joshua’s Native Plants, these […]

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