Category Archives: Zinnia

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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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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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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Butterflies Love Zinnias!

We’re finally cooling down here in Houston (thank goodness).  I think our plants like it as well, especially the Zinnias.  They are really blooming right now, and it turn that has attracted Butterflies. I saw a few Painted Lady Butterflies today, and they were all focusing on the Zinnias. These Butterflies are not easy to […]

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Monarch Caterpillars Suddenly Appear!

Houston, we have a problem!  I found 5 Monarch Caterpillars today.  The problem with that is that I’ve been on vacation all week and I’ve never seen any Monarch Butterflies.  Leecy gets home well before dark, and she hasn’t seen any Monarch Butterflies either.  So where did they come from?  Were they Monarchs migrating from […]

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