And now Fritillaries

Discussion in 'Butterfly / Moth' started by marlingardener, Jul 14, 2019.

  1. marlingardener

    marlingardener Strong Ash

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2010
    Messages:
    8,686
    Likes Received:
    6,414
    Location:
    Central Texas, zone 8
    I posted that the Swallowtails loved our zinnias, and now the Fritillaries are feasting on them, too.
    Frittilary on zinnia.jpg
    We have three passion vines (Passiflora incarnata) that are heavy with Fritillary instars, so it doesn't seem we will run out of butterflies any time soon!
     
  2. mart

    mart Hardy Maple

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    Messages:
    3,588
    Likes Received:
    1,601
    Location:
    NE Texas
    Great pic there MG !
     
  3. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2010
    Messages:
    6,659
    Likes Received:
    2,327
    Location:
    Chelmsford MA
    I was on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten and observed butterflies in a Butterfly Conservatory feeding on slices of fruit. I was told they prefer the fruit because as it ferments it produces alcohol. The inebriated creatures would fly in an erratic pattern often avoiding the birds trying to catch it for lunch. http://www.gardenstew.com/plantstew/garden-image.php?image_id=56303&user_id=10953

    Jerry
     
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
  4. Jewell

    Jewell Incorrigible Gardener Plants Contributor

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2008
    Messages:
    3,683
    Likes Received:
    1,833
    Location:
    Puget Sound Region of the Pacific NW,Zone7b
    Nice photograph! Love seeing the insects :like:
     
    marlingardener likes this.
  5. Sjoerd

    Sjoerd Mighty Oak

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2006
    Messages:
    13,302
    Likes Received:
    5,651
    Great pic Jane. I like Frits because of their silver spots on the undersides of their wings...they look so affluent, as if they have jewellery on. hahaha. Yeah Jane, it takes a crooked mind like mine to see that. BTW--that zinnia looks like it has extra petals--a real beauty.
     
    marlingardener likes this.

Share This Page