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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Feb 2, 2010 3:58 PM CST
Feel free to post your pictures and information on your experiences with Butterfly Host Plants.

Host plants are those plants, vines, trees, & grasses that the female butterflies and moths use to lay their eggs. The host plant will provide nurishment, and shelter for the larval stage (caterpillar) of the butterfly, and often nectar for the adults too.

I guess I need to ID this guy....it is a Varigated Fritillary! It uses plants in violet family, it's host here is the ordinary pansy.

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angele
Feb 3, 2010 10:26 AM CST
Hi Sheila!!!
a subject dear to my heart!! I just bought parsley seed yesterday but don't know if I got the right kind. I also am giving thought to about where to plant since the southwestern section of my yard is devoted to birds.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Feb 3, 2010 6:34 PM CST
Most any kind of parsley can be used by the Black Swallowtails. Just so it isn't sprayed by pesticides or something. I've heard some say that one or the other type of parsley is better. But I think both would be used.
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 3, 2010 6:35 PM CST
Just make sure where you put them has some afternoon shade, they can't take too much heat. We have potted the parsley and put it on the deck before also. That worked until it got really hot. I really have more problems with wasps than birds getting my cats.
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angele
Feb 3, 2010 6:57 PM CST
I grew curly parsley last year but never spotted a cat. I did have pipevine swallowtail butterflies visiting flowers for the first time though.
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Feb 3, 2010 8:07 PM CST
I've grown curly and Italian, but they seemed to prefer Dill instead. Go figure as dill can look pretty scrawny as far as leaves go!

Here is a photo of a "herd" of BST cats munching down on the dill a couple of years ago. I won't tell ya what happened to all those beautiful cats. (sigh)

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angele
Feb 3, 2010 8:11 PM CST
I have dill that looks very feathery and didn't see any cats on it either, hmmmm
Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Feb 3, 2010 8:12 PM CST
Those plants in the above photo "did" look feathery before the cats ate them! LOL!
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angele
Feb 3, 2010 8:24 PM CST
LOL!!!! I thought I was growing the wrong kind of dill, lol@myself
Name: barb allison
Fate, Texas (Zone 8a)
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mamajack
Feb 3, 2010 8:32 PM CST
i'm here sheila. what kind of grasses are best for texas butterflies?
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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stormyla
Feb 3, 2010 10:57 PM CST
Gosh folks, I'm going to have to plant some dill.
Name: barb allison
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mamajack
Feb 4, 2010 8:24 AM CST
does anyone have dill that reseeds?
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 4, 2010 9:39 AM CST
I am not an expert but I can say that one of the best resources I have found is the Dallas Lepidopterist's site. http://www.dallasbutterflies.com/
Mamajack...
Check for grasses that are host plants on that site. There is a list on the links at the left titled "Butterfly Gardening". Under that click Host plants by name and look for the section of Grasses. The main ones are bermuda and St. Augustine; but there are many.
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angele
Feb 4, 2010 9:57 AM CST
mamajack, I don't know!! Last year was the first year I grew any dill. Mine looks like it is surviving the winter but I can't see if there are new plants yet.
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 4, 2010 10:12 AM CST
I have never seen my dill reseed, but then that has been the part of the plant that the caterpillars eat first!
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Feb 4, 2010 1:02 PM CST
The trick is to grow dill in a pot as well as your garden, then keep the potted dill away from the butterflies, that way you will get an endless supply of seeds! ;-) You can also cover one or two in the garden with tulle fabric as well.
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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Feb 4, 2010 5:50 PM CST
Good advice Becky! I agree
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
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stormyla
Feb 5, 2010 2:12 AM CST
Thank you. I'm going to do just that.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Feb 5, 2010 10:30 AM CST
Well i finally made it in, It looks like it is all very active already.
Great Job everyone. Smiling
But let us not forget DG!!!

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Feb 5, 2010 11:14 AM CST
Glad to see you here, Josephine! Don't worry, I haven't given up on DG yet. Still there and maybe things will work out. But this is such an interesting experiment!
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

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