Sunday, July 20, 2008

Butterfly Blues







10 comments:

Frances, said...

Pipevine swallowtail:

Caterpillar host plants: Pipevine (Aristolochia species), including Aristolochia californica, A. serpentaria and others. Pipevines confer a poisonous quality to the larvae and resulting adults, much as the monarch butterfly obtains protection by feeding on milkweed. Adults seek nectar from flowers including thistles (Cirsium species), bergamot, lilac, viper's bugloss, common azaleas, phlox, teasel, azaleas, dame's-rocket, lantana, petunias, verbenas, lupines, yellow star thistle, buckeye, and butterfly bush.

Frances, said...

I always like to know the host plants. You probably have every butterfly with the diversity of the woodland.

Siria said...

Those butterflies are gorgeous! Thank you Frances for the information on them. (When my kids were little we used to raise monarchs in our kitchen. It's amazing how much milkweek one caterpillar can go through.)

Layanee said...

Gee I was wondering what that butterfly was named so thank you Frances. I do have Aristolochia but no Pipevine swallowtails. Yet.

Kim said...

So that's what a Pipevine Swallowtail looks like - I need to plant pipevine, I think. They are so lovely, and I'm so happy there are many of them.

Cindy said...

Oh, MY, those are glorious! I don't think I've seen the pipevine swallowtails here on MCOK but I'm keeping an eye on a black swallowtail chrysalid.

I got tagged by Linda at Meadowview Thymes and chose you as one of my six taggees, Christopher. Here's the link to my post:http://texascottagegarden.blogspot.com/2008/07/very-short-sunday-stroll-lets-play-tag.html

Tung Kin Foong said...

Hi,
I am from Malaysia.
The Pipevine is beautiful, we don't have those over here.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Gorgeous bug.

Christopher C. NC said...

Why thank you Frances. It was way too late and I was way too tired to write about the Pipevine Swallowtails that are all over right now. They are loving the Gooseneck Loosestrife along with all the other butterflies and the wet dirt on my driveway.

Cindy I will check out the post I have been tagged for and see if I can do it.

Welcome Tung Kin Foong. I bet Malaysia has a lot of incredible tropical butterflies.

Yes gorgeous bug Lisa.

lisa said...

Beautiful! They kinda match your door color!