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Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
Oct 15, 2010 8:17 PM CST
This is a pic of a Gulf fritillary from last year or the year before. In order to attract them to our yard, I have several passion flowers growing to act as a larval plant food for them. This butterfly was on one of the butterfly bushes we have.
I've only posted one pic. to cubits so please bear with me if I get it wrong.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Nov 11, 2010 8:32 AM CST
Looking good!
Name: Plants and Plumerias
American South (Zone 7b)
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kevin51
Mar 12, 2011 1:37 AM CST
Thank you Sheila_FW, I'm curious as to what butterfly is pictured by your name. It looks familiar but I can't recall it.
I've found what I think is an excellent site about butterflies. It's called BAMONA. It has helped me identify many of the butterflies I've seen. Plus, I sent in the pic. of the Gulf fritillary and they posted it on their site with attribution cited to me. It was nice to have the recognition. Lee Big Grin

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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
May 15, 2011 12:01 PM CST
Lee....That is a Painted Lady, aren't they pretty? I like the BAMONA site too. I also use one that is maintained by Dale Clark for the Dallas Co. Lep. Society. http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
He has a list of host plants by butterflies, by plant names (common and botanical). It is very helpful.Thumb of 2011-05-15/Sheila_FW/4759fc
Name: Plants and Plumerias
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kevin51
May 15, 2011 1:25 PM CST
Hey Sheila,
The Painted lady is beautiful. I was just looking up the larval source food and some are the ones we humans like, too: garden bean, garden radish, muskmelon, and American Elm (but with the Dutch Elm disease having wiped out most, I wonder where they are found?). Other larval food plants are the common thistle, western mugwort, Calendula, annual sunflower, garden lettuce, to name but a few.( Information from 'Butterfly Gardening for the South: Cultivating Plants that Attract Butterflies' by Geyata Ajilvsgi. Published: 1990 by Taylor Publishing Co. )
You made me think that I need to go and see how the passiflora are doing. I've several good stands and I do hope the Gulf Fritillaries find them.
Lee---thanks for sharing. I'm all ears!

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 20, 2011 11:14 PM CST
The Gulf Fritillary I found as a cat eclosed and now at least I have a butterfly around!
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Jul 21, 2011 7:57 PM CST
Great Linda! Caught a few pictures of a lone female oviposting on my 'blue crown' passi the other day. I was super excited, but have yet to get the pics off the camera! We have been busy trying to clean stain our decks in this brutal heat! Up before the sun hits them and then out again afternoon shade (still hot of course). Spend the rest of the time taking nap in the cool recovering.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 21, 2011 8:32 PM CST
Yes, we hide in the A/C during the heat of day. It's depressing to see no butterflies these days. Even that one may have left the area now. Maybe the butterflies will be back later on.
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
Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Jul 22, 2011 5:17 PM CST
Whatever I manage to keep alive this year will be a welcome site to them next year. I have too much sweat equitiy in this yard not to water it as long as I am allowed to. Plus I am giving the much needed substance to a lot of birds that are looking for water at the fish pond and birdbath too.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jul 22, 2011 7:56 PM CST
I don't even KNOW how many containers of water I set out for birds and wildlife...and I put out food also. It's tiring, but I can't NOT do it.
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
Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Aug 15, 2011 7:58 PM CST
We have Frittilaries here, too, but they aren't the Gulf .... wish I could remember which ones they are. I have a patch of zinnias, coneflowers and coral nymph sage, and they just swarm.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 15, 2011 8:09 PM CST
I miss the Gulf Fritillaries. Once in a while, a single one will come along, then it's quickly gone also.Oh, and I just noticed that a volunteer plant I hadn't paid much attention to is blooming...it's a zinnia!
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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Name: Sheryl
Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ (Zone 9b)
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sheryl
Aug 17, 2011 8:06 PM CST
>chuckle<

When I lived in Phoenix, I had a Passiflora caerulea that the G. Frit cats would nearly defoliate (exfoliate? Hilarious! ). You might wanna think about getting one, especially if you have a fence you want to hide.
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 17, 2011 11:15 PM CST
Yes the'blue crown', P. caerulea is semi-evergreen and is growning leaps and bounds before the G Fs get here.
Name: Sandy Coffman
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wren
Aug 18, 2011 5:49 AM CST
Here are some of my GF's pictures
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Name: Sheila F
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Sheila_FW
Aug 18, 2011 11:22 PM CST
Those are some great pictures Sandy!! Try as we might you can never get the sheen they have on the ventral side. Like the egg shot too! Thumbs up
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wren
Aug 19, 2011 5:37 AM CST
I think I have caught a little of it in this one, you might have to tilt you screen a little to see it. I think it is a matter of what kind of light and the angle it is coming from, going to work on that

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Aug 19, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Nice close-up! Pretty!
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
Name: Sandy Coffman
Jacksonville, Florida
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wren
Aug 19, 2011 9:19 AM CST
I am going to try to get the sheen, think I know how if I can get the set up right.
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Aug 19, 2011 2:55 PM CST
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