Sunday, September 28, 2008

Gulf Fritillary in Action


This lovely butterfly can be found from Argentina through Central America, Mexico, and the West Indies to the southern United States, also the San Francisco Bay area on the west coast. It is bright orange with large silvery spots on the underside of the wings.

The Gulf Frilillary lays its eggs on Passion Vines. On the previous post you were able to see the caterpillar form of this butterfly.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Queen & Giant Swallowtail

Above you see a Queen caterpillar, a close relative of the monarch that is about to go into the chrysalis stage.
This very ugly looking thing is actually the caterpillar stage of the Giant Swallowtail.
See the lovely Giant Swallowtail below.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Monarch Migration Report

The great Monarch migration has started. You and your class can track it at

If you are interested in participating in our local adoption for release program, just email me at and provide an email link for us to contact you.
Enjoy the small video.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Butterfly Lessons

A buttertly lesson can inspire a child.

Male & Female Black Swallowtail

The male black swallowtail & the female black swallowtail do not look the same. You will be able to see the difference on the video.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Activity in the garden.

Female Black Swallowtail.
Courtship dance of the male & female Black Swallowtail butterfly.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


One of our new Black Swallow Tail butterflies. In the sun it is iridescent blue.
A nocturnal visitor. This hummingbird moth was a delight.
We have some Tiger Swallow Tail butterfly caterpillars eating away at our manderin citrus tree.