It's been a while since I posted about the butterflies. I started with one tropical milkweed plant that - as tropical milkweed does - seeded the yard. My son got the bug (pun intended) and declared to his girlfriend (who was helping us weed) that milkweed is sacred and allowed to grow wherever it wants to. Since then I've added two varieties of passion vine for the frittilaries and a Dutchman's Pipe for the Pipevine Swallowtail (and I've had violets, host food for the little blues, for years). But my first and still biggest love are the Monarchs, and we're ending our summer with the biggest crop ever.
|This could get ugly.|
|Fresh sprig was gone in minutes.|
|New babies. The giant finger is my pinkie. It is touching the leaf.|
|Part of our first crop potted from intentionally sown seed. Each plant had 2-4 baby cats.|
|Once I see a cat I cut a couple of sprigs of milkweed and bring it in the house, where we can enjoy the show as the babies make their way to the pupae stage in this bowl. Eventually the butterflies emerge and are released back into the yard.|