Gulf Fritillary on my Vine!

Laying eggs on a passion flower vine

The Gulf fritillary or passion butterfly is a bright orange butterfly of the family Nymphalidae and subfamily Heliconiinae. That subfamily was formerly set apart as a separate family, the Heliconiidae. 

Beautiful and Beneficial Io Moth

This is something I’m sharing from The Heard Museum’s information. It is located in McKinney, TX.

Sometimes, it’s easy to think of moths as all being dull-colored and perhaps not as visually interesting as butterflies (both species are in the same order–Lepidoptera), but there are many beautiful moth species! For example, have a look at this Io moth. This one was found in the butterfly garden by our volunteer Melanie Schuchart. And, moths are also important pollinators. If you’d like to learn more about this species, here’s a good profile.

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary's photo.



Poinsettia Beauty

Summer of 2015 I cut all of the leaves off of this poinsettia after potting it in new soil. I kept it outside in a sunny location. It grew like crazy. I kind of forgot about it until late in the fall when I saw a little bit of red leaves appearing on it. I was so excited. We had been experiencing a mild fall and had not had a hard freeze yet. I moved it to my back porch to a sheltered location. Finally I decided to bring it inside in late November. I started feeding it liquid plant food. It has just continued to grow and put on more and more leaves that have turned red!  


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