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.