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    ““‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

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  • Butterfly Haven

    This summer I planted a few vining plants along the partial fence that blocks our trashcans from view of the street.  I planted passion flower vines because I love the blooms and I knew butterflies liked them.  I also planed a few moon vine seeds to kind of “fill in” and give some different blooms in the evening.  I thought it would be an extra bonus if the passion flower blooms drew in a few butterflies, and I had seen them growing in the butterfly garden at Heard Museum.  Boy oh boy, I had no idea of the relationship between butterflies and passion flower!  Specifically the Gulf Fritillary.

    Gulf Fritillary

    Gulf Fritillary

    As it turns out, the passion vine is the host plant for the Gulf Fritillary.  It is the only plant that the caterpillars eat, and it was covered in caterpillars very shortly after planting!  So I had to decide to either kill the caterpillars and enjoy my vines, or let the caterpillars have at it and enjoy the nature lesson this summer.  We decided to go with the nature lesson.  We’ve really had a lot of fun with it!  Adam especially loves coming out to check the vine with me to see what we can find.  The moon vine really took off also, so between the caterpillars munching on the passion vine and the moon vine taking over, the passion flowers have been few and far between.

    Mix of Passion and Moon Vines

    Mix of Passion and Moon Vines

    We’ve been able to see most of the butterfly life cycle, and it’s been a lot of fun!

    The butterflies come and hover all around the vines finding spot to lay their eggs.  They usually end up on the passion vines, but several also on the moon vine.

    Finding the right spot

    Finding the right spot

    Laying her egg

    Laying her egg

    New caterpillar egg!

    New caterpillar egg!

    The caterpillars are just everywhere, munching away on my poor vine.  I admit to a little selective breeding now and then and I pick some of them off…there won’t be any more vine before too long!

    munch, munch

    munch, munch

    We’ve even been fortunate enough to see one turn into a chrysalis!  This guy is getting ready to start the process.

    Chrysalis bound

    Chrysalis bound

    The last few weeks we’ve found chrysalises everywhere!

    on the fence

    on the fence

    on the vines

    on the vines

    even on bicycle spokes!

    even on bicycle spokes!

    The only thing we haven’t seen directly is a butterfly hatching.  There are plenty of empty chrysalises, but we haven’t witnessed the event.  The closest I’ve come was this little guy drying out his wings after hatching.  Just missed it!

    freshly hatched, drying out her wings

    freshly hatched, drying out her wings

    New Gulf Fritillary

    New Gulf Fritillary

     

    Maybe next year I’ll get some flowers!

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