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Welcome! This blog is mostly about butterfly gardening, but other types of plants and gardens, as well as other wildlife is blogged about too.

April 4, 2006

More violets for the Fritillaries!

Filed under: Butterfly Garden — Butterflygirl @ 1:39 pm

These violets are Bird’s Foot Violets (Viola pedata). I bought them because they are supposed to be host plants for the Regal Fritillary (Speyeria idalia). The last I heard, it is now believed that they are more likely to use the Prairie Violet as a host plant instead. Regal Fritillaries are relatively rare. One subspecies is, or nearly is, on the endangered species list. I’ve never seen one and it is unlikely that one will ever fly into my garden where I live. Both of these violets (Bird’s Food and Prairie) are native to North American. At one time, when much of the country was covered with native prairies and woodlands, these violets were growing all over the place. The Regal Fritillary was also a common butterfly then. But now, with so much native habitat destruction – very few prairies remain – the Regal Fritillary is seldom seen.

Bird's Foot violet

Close up of one type of Bird's Foot violet flower.

These flowers come in two different colors, here is a photo of one of the other color, taken a few days later:

Close up of other type of Bird's Foot Violet flower.

Violets for the Fritillaries!

Filed under: Butterfly Garden — Butterflygirl @ 1:17 pm

The wild violets that grow in our yard – Viola sororia are host plants for the Variegated Fritillary – I had one lay a bunch of eggs on them last year! Unfortunately, I’ve been very bad and have not added the pictures of the eggs or caterpillars to my site yet. Anyway, these violets were blooming very nicely when I took these pictures.

Close up picture of a wild violet flower.

Wild violet plant blooming.

Blooming Spicebushes!

Filed under: Butterfly Garden — Butterflygirl @ 1:10 pm

Here are a couple pictures of one of my spicebushes when they were blooming. Unfortunately, I can’t, or at least can’t figure out how to, get the small flowers in focus with our digital camera.

Spicebushes are, of course, one of the host plants used by the Spicebush Swallowtail.

Spicebush flowers sort of up close.

Spicebush blooming, a little further away.

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