The program ended up entitled Native Plants Add Drama. Believe me, they do! I can hang out all day taking pictures and following the birds, butterflies and mammalian wildlife around in my yard. It is an ongoing circus, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
This saying from "The Wild Ones" tells the tale best. IF you don't have action in your yard, you need to re-think your plants and your chemical usage. One of my most requested programs is Butterflies as Bioindicators. If your yard is healthy and chemical free you should be seeing butterflies.
|Pipevine Swallowtail, Battus philenor philenor|
|Prickly-ash, Zanthoxylum americanum in seed|
|Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphones|
These seven inch beauties have two broods each year. The early spring brood loves to nectar on my Azalea plants, and the second brood heads for the Purple Coneflowers. I also had a Giant nectaring on a Common Milkweed a week or so ago. It is important to cultivate milkweed for Monarchs, but other species of butterflies and bees will use milkweed too. It is a staple in my home's habitat and vital to Monarch conservation.