Category Archives: Wildflowers

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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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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Gulf Fritillary Butterflies Mating And Being Attacked By Wasp

Although I haven’t posted much lately, it’s not because there hasn’t been any Butterfly activity in the backyard.  Right now we have Giant Swallowtails, Monarchs, Skippers, Sulphurs, Eastern Black Swallowtails, and lots and lots of Gulf Fritillary Butterflies. Last year with the drought, the Gulf Fritillaries really appeared to be effected.  We saw very few.  […]

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Giant Swallowtail Butterflies And More

We’ve had lots of butterflies roaming around the yard but I have posted many pictures of them.  We are seeing a good supply of Gulf Fritillary, Monarch Butterflies, Skippers, and Giant Swallowtail Butterflies.  Last year during the drought, these common butterflies made very rare appearances.  The Zinnias have so much nectar that the Giant Swallowtail […]

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Gulf Fritillary On Yellow Flower

Last year the Gulf Fritillary butterflies seemed to be hit especially hard with the drought.  Fortunately this year we have seen quite a few.  I’ve also spotted several Gulf Fritillary caterpillars and chrysalises. The picture below is from my wildflower garden.  I’ve essentially just let it grow wild this year and it has done fantastic.  […]

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Monarch Butterflies And Caterpillars Around The Yard

We still have lots of Monarch Butterflies flying around the yard and even more Monarch Caterpillars.  Most of the Butterflies look very clean, not like they have been migrating for several hundred miles so I’m assuming these are new releases. What I’ve also noticed is that these Butterflies are mating, and in the case of […]

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More Monarchs Butterflies Appear, Yet Are Really Worn And Torn

We’ve had around 7-8 “new” Monarch Butterflies arrive withing the last two days, but they definitely weren’t new.  These poor Butterflies were as torn and worn as I’ve ever seen in Monarchs. Take a look at the male Monarch in the picture below.  He has that torn upper wing and had difficulty flying from flower […]

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Monarch Butterfly Tagging And Release Continues

The Monarch Butterfly tagging and release continues.  Beautiful sunshine today although a little chilly in the morning.  We had our last (at the moment) indoor Monarch Chrysalis eclose today (it was a female).  Actually she eclosed yesterday but it was very windy and cold yesterday so we decided to release her today.   In addition […]

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Monarch Butterfly Pictures On Zinnia Wildflowers

The Fall 2011 Migration of Monarch Butterflies was much slower today than the last two days.  I only saw 1 untagged Monarch who didn’t appear until late in the afternoon. It was a good day for photography and Monarchs.  We had 1 Monarch (a female) who eclosed today from the outdoor Butterfly enclosure.  Here’s the […]

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Monarch Butterflies Defintely Migrating Through Houston

Another great day for the Fall 2011 Migration of Monarch Butterflies through Houston.  I saw a total of 7 today, and tagged 5 of them.  There were roughly the same amount of males and females.  I mentioned this on the Journey South site, but what I’m  noticing this year compared to previous years is how […]

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Big Group Of Migrating Monarch Butterflies

Wouldn’t you know it?  We get a nice cold front blowing through yesterday, and today (while I’m at work) Leecy witnesses one of the largest group of Migrating Monarchs we have seen in our backyard.  Leecy took both the picture and video with her camera, so I’ll let her do the narration. Hi! Well, yes […]

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Blue Green Dragonfly In Early Morning Light And Dew

The Common Green Darner Dragonfly that I placed on the Zinnia yesterday evening was still here this morning. He was covered in a light dew and the light was just starting to fall on our second Zinnia garden.

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