I have thought a lot about this post and whether I should write it. But this is the way I decided it. I do have a butterfly garden. We planted it last fall, when my children and I were studying insects for science. And it has been extremely productive for our family this year.
It has produced a feast for the eyes, and full of amazing transformations. We have been simply enraptured watching these interesting creatures.
We saw the mama Gulf Fritillary lay the eggs on the passion fruit vines. Soon afterwards, we saw the first instars of the caterpillars.
|Do you see the orange caterpillars among the vines?|
Then larger and larger caterpillars. Finally, we started to see this.
|Chrysalids from Gulf Fritillary butterflies. Suffice it to say that|
they are about an inch apart all along the roofline for 20 or 30 feet.
|Chrysalids of Gulf Fritillary butterflies with a couple emerging|
|Gulf Fritillary on Porter Weeds|
So, you see, even though I haven't harvested much food from our garden, we have all benefited from the harvests in the butterfly garden.
Hop on over to Daphne's Dandelions and see what others are harvesting.