Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I decided to prove my point when a Gulf Fritillary caterpillar made it very easy for me to observe metamorphosis. I caught him hanging down early one morning and realized he was about to become a chrystalis. I photographed him in the afternoon....how fast they transform! TODAY was emerging day and I was lucky enough to, once again, capture it on film (ok, an sd card). I am amazed that this large butterfly came out of that tiny chrystalis. Nature never ceases to amaze me. He fluttered a time or two, but wasn't ready to fly away.....by noon, however he (she??) was gone, hopefully to lay eggs and start the process over again. Think twice before you complain about something chewing on your plants.....it might be a rewarding experience!
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Gulf Fritillary Butterflies have been prolific in my garden recently. I saw 1 or 2 after I planted the first Passiflora incarnata (aka Purple passionflower, Maypop). Today I saw 4 or 5 flying close by and 2 of the vines are alive with caterpillers. I don't understand why some gardeners don't want their plants eaten. Don't they realize that you wouldn't have the beauty of the butterfly if you didn't have a caterpillar eating away at some point?