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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Update On Polydamas Hatchings

During the first day we had 10 hatch, yesterday about 5, and just 1 today.  They all are apparently staying local as they have gone straight to the Pipevine and began laying eggs.  When they need some energy, they go over to the Butterfly Bush or Milkweed, then it’s back to laying eggs.

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Polydamas Swallowtail Laying Eggs

I can’t tell you how many shots I have attempted to take of this Polydamas Swallowtail (probably over 100).  I have tried and tried to capture this Butterfly in flight and I just can’t seem to do it yet.  However, today this Swallowtail actually stayed fairly motionless for a bit while laying some eggs on […]

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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 Or Polydamas?

We’re up to around 90 of these Pipevine or Polydamas caterpillars.  I always thought they were Pipevine but I’ve been seeing so many of the Polydamas Swallowtail’s laying eggs on the Pipevine that now I’m not so sure.  One thing is for sure, they not only are born side by side, but they apparently continue […]

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Multiple Polydamas Swallowtail

Before I share the pictures, I have a confession.  I really need to improve in taking pictures of moving subjects.  I took (or tried to) over 30 pictures of a couple of Polydamas Swallowtail (the only Swallowtail without the “tails”) laying eggs and out of the 30 or so, only 2 were keepers and even […]

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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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Pipevine Swallowtail Eggs

We haven’t seen a whole lot of Pipevine Swallowtail flying around, but they must be around somewhere as our Pipevine is starting to get filled up with eggs.  One thing you may notice between these eggs and say a Monarch or Eastern Black Swallowtail is that this Butterfly lays its eggs in clusters. I didn’t […]

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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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