What are you seeing in your gardens and afield? I am watching my beautiful Plumbago out my window with dainty Cassius blues laying their eggs  and various swallowtails nectaring. My backyard is covered with Gulf Fritillaries flitting about.

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  1. Bea says:

    My yard is currently over-run with zebra longwings – have never had so many at one time! Toward evening they gather en masse with folded wings on the bare hanging branches of the weeping bottlebrush tree in my backyard. They hang there until I can’t see them in the dark and by morning they are gone. This has been happening every evening for the last several weeks.

    • Beverly says:

      Hi Bea,
      Yes we have huge numbers of Zebra heliconias as well. We literally have hundreds of butterflies flying around our yard now. That is amazing how the zebras roost. They will come back to the same site over and over. I have photos of them roosting on Spanish moss. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Beverly says:

    Sounds great Karen. We are looking forward to seeing your yard. I had a Red Admiral the other day too – they are so pretty. What is a Betty Miles passionvine?

    • Karen Rosenbeck says:

      The Betty Miles (Young) passionvine is a dark-green-leaved passionvine with large beautiful blue flowers that I purchased at Crowley Nursery. It was new to them, so they didn’t have any history to report. So far it’s VERY happy here and actually trying to take over the surrounding territory. This one will probably need a larger support (? arbor) soon. Haven’t found any caterpillars on it yet.

  3. Karen Rosenbeck says:

    As I prep my garden in anticipation of the upcoming Member’s Garden Tour on April 25th, I’m being supervised by several monarchs enjoying the new milkweed plants, cloudless sulphurs on the senna, zebra longwings loving the new Betty Miles passionvine, a few skippers and ceraunus blues, and a brief appearance by a red admiral. So far, they’ve approved of the upgrades I’ve completed.

  4. Laurel Rhodes says:

    Don’t think butterfly season is over yet….many species are still flying given our divine weather…………..today (New Years) we spotted the following on a bike ride at Myakka River SP: ocola skipper, clouded skipper, dorantes skipper, zebra helaconian, gulf fritillary, fiery skippers (male and female), white peacocks, whirlabout, and queen. The 2 most prevalant species were peacocks and zebras. The most action was around our old friend Spanish Needles. The zebras were sighted on Clay Gulley and other shady areas where corkystem was present.

  5. Kathleen Chesnick says:

    Here it is December 11th and I found 6 really big polydamos swallowtail caterpillars on my pipevine this morning. I had stopped looking in October as there had never been any that late in the year before but today, there they were. Of course, I brought them in and put them into a container with pipe vine leaves and a few sticks in case they want to become a crysalis. Such fun. I love this

  6. Kathleen Chesnick says:

    I stopped by Hibbs this morning and picked up a bag of Ladybugs. Just put some on my Milkweed and there is now an aphid smorgasbord going on out there.

    On another note about Hibbs -they have some very big Giant Milkweed plants for $14.99.

  7. Beverly says:

    That is very strange Judith, although my milkweed looks pretty good right now too. I do have monarchs, tons of gulf fritillaries, black swallowtails, sulphurs, cassius blues and several others flying. I don’t have the chemicals though that might be affecting you though.

  8. Judith Linwood says:

    I am seeing fewer and fewer butterflies in my yard even though I have added more plantings this year. At this point, I am lucky to see a single sulphur flutter by. I live in the area of two golf clubs—Mission Valley and Calusa Lakes—and am wondering if their chemicals are affecting the butterfly population in my neighborhood. It’s sad to see my milkweeds in perfect condition—I much prefer the sight of leaves that have been mostly devoured by caterpillars!!

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