Category Archives: Nectar 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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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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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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Queen And Gulf Fritillary Butterflies In The Morning

I went outside this morning because the temperature was so nice.  I was surprised to see so many Butterflies flying around.  There was an Female Eastern Black Swallowtail laying tons of eggs on the Fennel, lots of Gulf Fritillaries getting nectar from the nectar plants (Zinnia and Lantana), and a male Queen Butterfly on the […]

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Beat Up Easter Black Swallowtail Feeding And Laying Eggs

This poor Eastern Black Swallowtail is really torn up.  I think she’s on her last legs.  I watched her feed on the Lantana for a while, then head over to the Fennel to lay eggs.

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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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Butterflies Love The Butterfly Bush

Our Butterfly Bush is really starting to bloom now with big purple flowers.  That has attracted both the Hummingbirds (Ruby Throat) and the Butterflies.  This one particular Monarch Butterfly was feasting up a storm on this plant.  I think it was also on a bit of a sugar high as this crazy Butterfly was chasing […]

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Hummingbirds Seem To Be Running Late This Year

Is it just me or do the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds seem to be a little late in arriving in the Houston, TX area this year?  We saw our first Hummingbird yesterday (March 23rd).  We can’t even say for sure it is a Ruby Throat, although Leecy said she did see the bright red throat.  Whatever […]

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Cedar Waxwings In Maple Tree: How Many Can You See?

I got really lucky the other day when a big flock (is that the correct term?) of Cedar Waxwings decided to make a visit to my Maple Tree.  I think we counted at least 17 in this picture below. Cedar Waxwings, for me, are not that uncommon around my backyard as I often hear their […]

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Male Eastern Bluebird And Two American Goldfinches Sharing Tree Branches

This might be one of the coolest bird pictures I have taken.  I had just set up the new Bluebird House with the hidden BirdCam and I heard the distinctive call of the Eastern Bluebird.  I ran inside to get some mealworms as I figured the Bluebirds would be coming to visit soon. Sure enough, […]

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Mystery Hummingbird Solved? Rufous Hummingbird

I think the mystery Hummingbird is solved.  My friend Greg Lavaty came by on Friday so that I could help set up his computer, and if we really got lucky, to see the mystery Hummingbird that has been visiting my Coral Honeysuckle. Fortunately the Hummingbird did appear and Greg and I captured several pictures.  Greg […]

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Can You Tell What Kind Of Hummingbird This Is?

I’m telling you, something strange is going on this year with the birds, at least in my yard.  While I’m watching the Eastern Bluebirds, Cedar Waxwings, and the American Goldfinches, Leecy says “hello hummer!” My first thought was it’s too early for the Ruby Throated Hummers to arrive so she’s seeing things, then I saw […]

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