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Jul 28, 2015 6:01 PM CST
Name: Beverly
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
Butterflies Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Seed Starter Tropicals
Mexican Flame Vine (Pseudogynoxys chenopodioides) with a Zebra Heliconian (Heliconius charithonia) nectaring

Thumb of 2015-03-18/vitrsna/35dae4
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Jul 28, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Gorgeous photo, Beverly! Hurray!
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
― Thalassa Cruso
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Jul 28, 2015 6:43 PM CST
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Dog Lover Daylilies Irises Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Hummingbirder
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Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!

Stunning!
Natalie
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Jul 28, 2015 6:46 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Beverly!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Jul 28, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Name: Jean
Hot Springs Vlg, AR, DeLand, F
Daylilies Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level
Congratulations on your first banner. It's stunning Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

"The moving hand writes and having writ moves on. Neither all thy piety nor all thy wit can lure it back to cancel half a line nor all thy tears wash out a word of it." The Rubiyat by Omar Khayyam
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Jul 28, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
And see the yellow stuff on the proboscis? That's pollen! Zebra Longwings eat pollen as well as nectar. They collect it on the proboscis, secrete an enzyme that breaks it down into liquid, and then they slurp it up. As a result of the added nutrition, they can live up to 9 months! It's also the state butterfly of Florida! Thumbs up
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Jul 28, 2015 8:25 PM CST
Name: Beverly
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
Butterflies Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Seed Starter Tropicals
Thank you all very much. This is a complete surprise. What makes this banner special to me is that it shows the Zebra Heliconian (aka Longwings) all covered with pollen as well as nectaring on the Mexican Flame Vine. This is one of the few butterflies that actually eats pollen as well as nectar. The pollen interacts with a chemical in the body of the butterfly that makes the butterfly offensive to predators which also helps it to live up to 9 months. The dude needs a bib Hilarious! ; you might say he totally into his food.
Definitely one of my favorite butterflies. The host plant is Passiflora.
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Jul 29, 2015 5:03 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
What a great banner, Beverly. And congrats on your first one Smiling

That butterfly has some interesting habit. 'needs a bib!' Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Jul 29, 2015 5:43 AM CST
Name: Stan
Florida Panhandle (Defuniak Sp (Zone 8b)
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Hurray! Thumbs up Hurray! Thumbs up Very nice banner!
Stan
(Georgia Native in Florida)
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Jul 29, 2015 11:13 AM CST
Name: Dinu
Mysore, India (Zone 10a)
Annuals Garden Photography Organic Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
Lovely vitrsna, fine banner.
The best place to seek God is in a garden. You can dig for Him there. ~ GB Shaw, 'Adventures of the black girl'
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Jul 29, 2015 11:47 AM CST
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
The WITWIT Badge Region: California Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Xeriscape Native Plants and Wildflowers Salvias
Foliage Fan Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Bee Lover Hummingbirder Butterflies
I would love to see the pre-cropped version to enjoy the longwings. Just a beautiful banner.
Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
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Jul 29, 2015 11:49 AM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
HamiltonSquare said:I would love to see the pre-cropped version to enjoy the longwings. Just a beautiful banner.


Me too!!
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Jul 29, 2015 12:07 PM CST
Name: Beverly
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
Butterflies Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Seed Starter Tropicals
Happily i will send it to you Leslieray and Vickie. How do you think will be the best way? I will try sending it via Tree Mail. I wonder if a reduced version will show up? As it does on the forums? Well, i'll try and see how it works. Later this evening, i have to leave the house now Smiling
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Jul 29, 2015 1:28 PM CST
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
Lovely, so nice to see butterfly banners. Lovey dubby
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Jul 29, 2015 3:54 PM CST
Name: Vickie
southern Indiana (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
@vitrsna, you can just post it here in the thread by using the "upload an image" option below your reply. That's how most folks do it. Thanks!
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
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Jul 29, 2015 4:22 PM CST
Name: Beverly
Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico (Zone 11a)
Butterflies Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Seed Starter Tropicals
@blue23rose, I posted it to the Forum "Gardening for Butterflies, Birds, and Bees" before i saw your note here. I made a separate thread "July 29 Banner Unbannered" or something like that, so you wouldn't have to go hunting for it. If i were to use the photo again, i would crop a close up on the entire Zebra Heliconian including the flowers and eliminate some of the background. Smiling
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