Monday, August 31, 2009

Gulf fritillaries

Gulf fritillaries are a summer butterfly to enjoy. They normally make it to our area through migration and successive broods from warmer areas along the coast and in Florida.

Their host plant is maypops (Passiflora incarnata), a temperate species in a largely tropical genus.

My biology professor spouse and his students in Field Botany enjoyed seeing the caterpillars on the Passiflora on the trellis in the Ethnobotany Garden today.

This photo is from the Carolina Butterfly Society's website. Thanks, Lynn!

What fun!

P.S. A late summer hiatus was due to some unexpected medical restrictions, but I'm now back in the Garden.

And any of you - please post your observations, too!