Swallowtail Caterpillars on Rue

I was so happy to see these caterpillars on my rue today! My son planted some rue and other herbs in our front flower bed in the spring. It’s pretty hard to focus on just the caterpillars with my camera. The quality of the photos aren’t that great, but at least the butterflies are laying eggs in my yard!

I actually had seen when a butterfly was laying some eggs on this rue plant around July 19. I’m thinking another one must have laid eggs days later. I’ve been checking for caterpillars in the last 2 weeks. With any luck these will turn into chrysalis’ and then butterflies!

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Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

I was at The Arboretum in Dallas, Texas on August 5,2017. It was a very hot, humid day, but I was in search of butterflies and flowers that were in bloom. Of course, it helps that the entrance fee is only $1 per person and parking is only $5 for the whole month of August. Anyway, here are some beautiful flowers that I need help identifying! Most of their flowers, bushes and trees are identified, but not these.

Update: These flowers are called Celosia Flamingo Celosia Spicata. It is native to the tropics, but the plant is adapted to other climates, so Celosia is grown mostly as an annual all over the world. Celosia Flamingo seeds can be started indoors, and this plant is also known as Wheat Celosia or Flamingo Feather. Celosia Spicata is a tall, upright plant with reddish purple foliage and eye-catching, dark-pink, soft-pink terminal flower spikes that turn to white as they mature.

Celosia Flamingo is a wonderful plant to grow in mixed, sunny borders and patio planters. Celosia Spicata seeds germinate in 2-3 weeks, and the established Celosia Flamingo grows best in full sun or partial shade and needs moderate, but consistent watering with a good drainage provided. Celosia Spicata is one of the most popular cut flowers for dried, everlasting floral arrangements.

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The rest of the photos are of the one lone butterfly I photographed and the rest of the flowers. We only lasted 45 minutes out in the heat of the 97 degree August day! Our air conditioned car sure felt good!

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Violas, Johnny-Jump Ups

While in North Carolina I saw these beauties!


Delicately fragrant flowers are edible and make delightful garnishes. Very winter hardy and eager to self-sow in the shade of summer plants, violas are cheerful surprises in the cool months. Johnny-Jump Up is tricolored in bright purple, yellow and white. Violas will rebloom in fall if cut back in the heat of summer.

I wonder if there are butterflies somewhere in the world that look like these flowers?