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RESIDENTS AND VISITORS IN THE GARDEN

I had read about the the butterflies in Texas, and was quite disappointed when I moved here and barely saw one or two twice a week. But gradually it trickled in that I had to be more specific in my choice of plants to lure them into the garden.

And when I realized that everything went pretty fast. And still some visitors was totally random and accidentally.

I started to plant climbers  to cover up the ugly green synthetic string which the Queen Palms was attached to their support with. (And to make the garden less strict and more personal). First I planted a Blue Passion Vine (Passiflora caerulea). When the climber started to grow this spring, the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) was swirling around it. And I soon realized that the Blue Passion Vine was its caterpillar host. The leaves doesn’t look that attractive at the moment, but I can easy live with that to admire the butterflies and their caterpillars.

Blue Passion Vine (Passiflora caerulea) is host plant for the Gulf Fritillay Butterfly caterpillar.

Blue Passion Vine (Passiflora caerulea) is host plant for the Gulf Fritillay Butterfly caterpillar.

Here is the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. Basking in my passionfruit climber.

Here is the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar. Basking in my passionfruit climber.

Around five weeks ago my husband talked me in to buying a Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa). It was initially not a very healthy plant, and bought very cheap on a nursery sale. And it sure doesn’t look good now after the Monarch Butterfly larva’s (Danaus plexippusfound it. But both the caterpillars and me are very happy.

Monarch butterfly larva eating on my butterflyweed.

Monarch butterfly larva eating on my butterflyweed.

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This is a grown up Monarch.

This is a grown up Monarch.

I bought a small and sickly looking Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis) at Lowe’s on a sale.

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Cape Honeysuckle (Tecomaria capensis)

The plant grew big and with loads of flowers during a month or so. And suddenly the Hummingbirds was here.

Not the best picture, but my,the Hummingbirds move pretty fast!

Not the best picture but my, the Hummingbirds move pretty fast!

And the self-seeding Zinnias in quite garish colors are the winners of them all. Frequently visited by most flying insects and the hummingbirds.

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I am pretty sure that this is a Orange-barred Sulphur (Phoebis philea). The spots on the wings are attached to each other while on the Southern Dogface Butterfly the spots are far apart.

The Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) At least its a Swallowtail. Not fully sure its not a Black Swallowtail.

The Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) At least its a Swallowtail. Not fully sure its not a Black Swallowtail.

There is a lot info about butterflies in Texas on this Butterflysite.

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