One of many on this parsley plant is this beautiful Black Swallowtail caterpillar. I’ve counted about 8 of them in various sizes munching away on last year’s Italian parsley plant… [Read More] about Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on Parsley
Gulf Fritillary Butterflies and Caterpillars
The passion flower vine is a favorite of Gulf Fritillary butterflies (Agraulis vanillae) and host plant for their young caterpillars. I captured these shots at Buchanan’s Native Plants nursery last… [Read More] about Gulf Fritillary Butterflies and Caterpillars
Macro Monday: Butterfly and the Mexican Torch Flower
Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia rotundifolia) is now blooming and attracting butterflies. I planted these from seed. You can find them at Botanical Interests and Olivebarn.com. The plants are about 4-5 feet… [Read More] about Macro Monday: Butterfly and the Mexican Torch Flower
Turn Macro Photography into Framed Artwork
Photography can make for some interesting artwork… especially when shot up close. The colors and patterns of macro photography can be very beautiful even if you don’t know what the… [Read More] about Turn Macro Photography into Framed Artwork
Macro Monday: Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle Photography
A collection of some of my favorite macro shots of my monarch butterfly. From early January 2011 until Saturday February 12, 2011 when he was released.
Monarch Butterfly Update: Freedom Day
Freedom! While I’ve become attached to this little guy and would love for him to stay here, I decided to take him where he’d be free to roam through hundreds… [Read More] about Monarch Butterfly Update: Freedom Day
Change Today: Monarch Chrysalis Turns Black
Perhaps today will be the day this monarch emerges?
Change Today: I See Orange!
Well two days ago, I wasn’t sure if this monarch was even alive, but today I noticed a big difference!!! Could it really be that this little butterfly will survive???… [Read More] about Change Today: I See Orange!
Macro Monday: Monarch Chrysalis Update
I debated whether to intervine or not, regarding my Monarch chrysalis. The weather here in Houston was very cold this past week, so I decided to bring this monarch inside… [Read More] about Macro Monday: Monarch Chrysalis Update
Monarch Caterpillar Sheds Skin and Starts Pupa Stage
On Monday, after about three days in the “J” position (see this post for images), this Monarch caterpillar straightened out and began to shed its outer skin. In the time… [Read More] about Monarch Caterpillar Sheds Skin and Starts Pupa Stage
Monarch Caterpillar in the “J” position
Monarch caterpillar hanging in the “J” position on the milkweed plant in the garden. I’ve been watching this caterpillar for the past week munching away on the milkweed plant (which… [Read More] about Monarch Caterpillar in the “J” position
Macro Monday: Monarchs Butterflies, Caterpillars and Milkweed
Monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) have been visiting the milkweed plant in my flower garden this month. When I bought the milkweed plant in late spring, I did not realize there… [Read More] about Macro Monday: Monarchs Butterflies, Caterpillars and Milkweed