Category Archives: Penta

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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My Dream Camera Lens, Canon 500mm

I’ve fallen in love!  I’m renting my ultimate dream lens, the Canon 500mm f/4.  This lens is stunning. I received the lens today mid-morning couldn’t wait to test it out on my Canon 7D. I had just walked out in the backyard noticed a Squirrel.  Good enough for me. Then I hear the unmistakable sound […]

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Ruby Throated Hummers Working On Getting Fat

Thanks to Hurricane Karl, we are seeing somewhat cooler weather.  For you Northerners, that translates to it was just about 90 degrees, which is quite tolerable to me for this area. Because of the cooler weather, Leecy and I ventured out to the backyard, she was doing her crafting, and I decided to try and […]

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Butterflies and Bees and Flowers

I really got lucky, but I love this next shot!  It’s a Gulf Fritillary on a Purple Coneflower, with a blurred Black Eyed Susan in the background, and a Bee (not sure what kind). Here’s another shot with the Gulf Fritillary on a Marigold. This last shot I really like as well.  We have lots […]

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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly Feeding On Penta

At first I never saw the Spicebush Swallowtail other than the Caterpillars, and now it looks like I have the opportunity to see them regularly. This particular Spicebush appeared to be younger than the one I saw last week who had the tattered wings.  It was really enjoying getting nectar from the Penta. The shot […]

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Giant Swallowtail Feeding On Nectar Plants

I managed to get some decent Giant Swallowtail pictures today while it was feeding on nectar plants. In this first image, the Swallowtail is getting nectar from one of our Penta plants. These next two images are “almost” the same, but one of them contains a notorious Butterfly Caterpillar killer.  These pictures are a little […]

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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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Polydamas Butterfly On Hummingbird Feeder

This afternoon was just crazy in terms of Butterflies.  It rained (finally) most of the morning here in Houston.  Then, for just a brief moment we had some sunshine.  That brief change in weather really brought out the Butterflies.  There were Monarchs, Polydamas Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtails, and all kinds of Skippers.  I’m guessing that because […]

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