Category Archives: Nectar Plants

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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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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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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Monarch Butterfly Getting Nectar On Maple Tree

We’re still raising Monarch Butterflies despite it being late January.  Of course, this is Houston and today’s temperature was 78 degrees so it’s not like we’re having a lot of cold weather at the moment. I had forgotten how our Maple Tree is a source of nectar for Butterflies and Honeybees until I saw this […]

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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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