It’s butterfly season and I’m fascinated by these winged beauties!
Our butterfly bushes have been covered with butterflies, bees and moths.
And I’m drawn to old gardening books and watering cans like butterflies to nectar. :)
How to Know the Butterflies: A Manual of the Butterflies of the Eastern United States
by John Henry Comstock and Anna Botsford Comstock
My passion flower vine has been growing by leaps and bounds by my Potting Shed this summer.
Passiflora incarnata, commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a vigorous grower and common wildflower in the southern United States and is a source of nectar and food for butterflies and bees.
It’s also a larval host plant for the Gulf fritillary, also called the passion butterfly.
The larva feeds exclusively on species of passionflower.
Their rows of black spines are soft to the touch and non-stinging, but protect them from predators along with their bright orange color~ a warning that they’re toxic if eaten.
Isn’t nature amazing?
One of the few things that stuck with me from my high school French is a favorite quote from Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry:
“Il faut bien que je supporte deux ou trois chenilles si je veux connaître les papillons.”
“I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with butterflies.”
A butterfly metaphor for life. :)
I was thrilled to see my first Monarch butterfly in years, sipping nectar from a passion flower bloom!