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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 13, 2013 11:18 AM CST
We've had a very mild winter here in Florida so far but the butterflies have been scarce of late. I finally spotted a Zebra Longwing that stopped to enjoy the Pentas today:
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 13, 2013 3:02 PM CST
Butterflies seem to love Pentas lanceolata flowers, especially the red ones! I have red, white and pink but the butterflies, moths, skippers and bees seem to flock to the red variety. Cloudless Sulphur butterfly this afternoon:
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 17, 2013 10:31 PM CST
Excellent photos. Nice to see some BFs during the depth of winter.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2013 8:22 AM CST
Thanks J. We've been very warm down here this winter ... until last night which dipped into the mid 40's! Our high today is only supposed to reach 64ºF - a 17º drop from yesterday's high of 81. I'm hoping we don't get any frosts or freezes this winter because I've already heavily pruned a couple of Hibiscus and other things in the yard! I usually wait until March 1st to do any pruning but was bored when working out in the yard a few days ago and decided to go ahead and chop things back a bit. Thumbs down
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Jan 18, 2013 11:01 AM CST
Weather has been a roller coaster here too. On Jan 11th it reached 60°, on the 13th, the low that night was 6°.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 18, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Oh my goodness ... 6º?? Now, THAT is COLD!! Brrr
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 29, 2013 1:43 PM CST
Makes me shiver to even think of it! This is one of the Red Admirals that I put bits of over-ripe bananas out for.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2013 3:46 PM CST
Thumbs up Oh Linda, I love that photo! I have some very ripe bananas that I was going to use for Banana Bread but a few are just too ripe so I might put some out for the butterflies tomorrow.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 30, 2013 9:37 PM CST
I guess I'm kind of weird. When certain kinds of butterflies are around, I'll go to the store and look for the ripest bananas I can find. That way they have a head start at getting over-ripe! Some other kinds of fruit can be used also.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

MountainBro
Apr 4, 2013 1:14 PM CST
I saw a Viceroy in the Gardens at work last year. I'm hoping I can snap some pictures this year if I keep my camera on hand. I never eat my banana, so maybe I'll find a secluded spot to leave them and attract some.

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