Grey Hairstreak Pays a Visit to My Garden

Grey Hairstreak on Lantana - June 2013

Grey Hairstreak on Lantana – June 2013

Grey Hairstreak on False Nettle - 2nd photo June 2013

Grey Hairstreak on False Nettle – June 2013

Grey Hairstreak  picture taken with my  iPhone.

Grey Hairstreak picture taken with my iPhone.

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Butterfly on Dianthus

I was happy to see an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on Dianthus when I stopped by my mom’s backyard a few days ago. These butterflies are so easy to photograph, because  they move slowly and stay on the flowers a long time!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Dianthus

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on Dianthus

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Healthy Caterpillar, Captivating Chrysalis

     I watched this black swallowtail caterpillar feasting on fennel for a few days. My herbs are on my back porch. Yesterday it attached itself to the fennel plant and it took all day and didn’t complete its transformation into a chrysalis until after dark! On this relatively cool June morning in North Texas, it is now a beautiful chrysalis! It is just so amazing and fascinating to watch this process!  

Black Swallowtail Butterfly May 2013

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar on Fennel May 2013

Turning into a chrysalis June 2013

Turning into a chrysalis June 1,2013

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis June 2013

Black Swallowtail Chrysalis June 2,2013