After many months of planning and work, our hopes are being fulfilled. Butterflies are visiting The Raincatcher’s Garden and more are sure to come!
The Pipevine Swallowtail is identifiable by the iridescent blue color on its upper side and the band of bright orange spots on its underside. Like the Monarch, this swallowtail is poisonous to predators, since its caterpillars feed on native species of pipevine.
The Gulf Fritillary is easily recognized by its bright orange upper side and flashy silver markings on the underside. The caterpillars that become Gulf Fritillary butterflies feed on the Passion Vine which we have growing over our Arbor.
This variety of coneflower has large and profuse blooms. It is a host plant for several butterflies and a nectar source.
Little Bluestem grass is a host for a good number of skippers. Black eyed Susans are also nectar and host plants.
To learn more about the planning and planting of our butterfly garden, read:
Butterfly Plants: I Love You But It’s Time to Leave
Browse the Butterfly/Hummingbird Plant List in our sidebar for excellent reference material.
Pictures by Starla