Butterfly visit!

rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)July 20, 2005

First, these guys eat all the leaves off my Passifloras (host plant). Caterpillar of Agraulis vanillae, Gulf Fritillary:

Then they take a nap:

Then, they come out to play in their bright suits:

And show you they have some variety to their wardrobe:

Taking time out to eat:

~Rosemarie

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JoyceC04240(z4Maine)

Very nice pictures! The butterflies are worth a few chewing caterpillers aren't they? Your flowers are very pretty too!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 2:16PM
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caflowerluver

Beautiful shots! I wish I could capture butterfly pictures like those. Very nice!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 2:23PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Thank you!!
Yes, Joyce, they are worth the chewing!
Aptos, for shots like these, you either hold real still & wait for them to come or you CHASE them all over the place like crazy! :D

~R

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 7:32PM
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stimpy926

Nice evolving photos there - more wallpaper for me ;-D

    Bookmark   July 20, 2005 at 9:16PM
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flowergirl_VA(z7 VA)

What beautiful butterflies and what beautiful pictures!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2005 at 7:23PM
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cailinriley(z3 Calgary AB)

Rosemary, wonderful photos and gorgeous butterflies! I need to know the name of the wonderful flowers in the last 3 shots. Are they irises?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2005 at 7:43PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

Thanks some more!

Cailin, those flowers are Dietes grandiflora (close in looks to Dietes vegeta, which I once thought these were). Most call them Fortnight Lilies, because that's about how often they bloom...every fortnight. Occasionally, they are called Japanese Iris or African Iris, but that's just confusing!

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   July 21, 2005 at 8:38PM
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carol23_gw

Beautiful! Such clarity and color!

    Bookmark   July 21, 2005 at 8:49PM
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cailinriley(z3 Calgary AB)

Thanks for the name of the plant, Rosemarie. I did a little researching...a South African native, eh? Definitely not hardy in zone 3!! However, I discovered that it can be grown indoors in cold climates, and it does grow from rhizomes, so it possibly could be stored over winter (?). Is it a perennial for you, or do you have to protect it during winter?

Cailinriley (who loves the butterflies, but who's always on the look-out for beautiful new plants to try...)

    Bookmark   July 22, 2005 at 1:47PM
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rosemariero(Z9 SW SUNDiegoCA)

I would imagine you could overwinter it, Cailin. Yes, it's a South African native.

Hee hee... a got a good laugh over your "do you have to protect it during winter?" query...as I protect nothing in my garden. :D It's sink or swim around here. We rarely even get a frost & if we do, only a couple plants out in the open are affected. I'm in a sub-jungle zone here! :)

~Rosemarie

    Bookmark   July 22, 2005 at 1:55PM
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