Monday, August 10, 2015

Take and give



Oh, hi. It's me.



Look, I'm really sorry I ate some of your plants this past spring. Don't know what got into me; was just feeling a bit peckish, I guess. But that Magnolia Coco did my family a world of good. Also, thanks for not putting pesticides on your milkweed and butterfly bushes, even though that aphid problem must have been, shall we say, embarrassing. (I heard the neighbors talking.)



Anyway, to show our appreciation, I and my extended family have been hanging out in your yard all summer.



It's the way we give back to the community.

21 comments:

  1. Fun. The antennae and eyes - the stuff of dreams or cartoons.

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  2. I know -- a wizened face and glorious costume. I've never had so many butterflies in my yard. I wonder if it's because I let my raised beds go feral, and there's some native dish they find irresistible.

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  3. This piece gives me butterflies.

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  4. Do u have some shrubs that have a tubular flower? they love those.. also hummers do too..I'd rather have butterflies than big azz grasshoppers that do more destruction.

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    1. The butterflies don't eat the plants, the caterpillars are the guilty party. So to get the former, you have to let the latter feast.

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  5. This kind of 'love' I don't need. Caterpillars eating my leaves above, woodchucks tasting my chard, and deer feasting on our hosta are critter visits I don't need.

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  6. Charmed, I'm sure.

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  7. Giant Swallowtail, minus one tail. It is one of three types we have here, all of which probably feast on your bountiful garden. It has an amazing looking caterpillar, but I couldn't figure out how to share it. I'm sending it directly to you Karin, in case you know what to do with it.

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  8. When I was about 6, we had dreams of catching butterflies. The most elusive one was the tiger swallowtail, which we saw rarely and only at the edges of the yard.

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  9. Butterflies never come see me. I only get moths and those cursed stinging insects. Those are some great pictures.

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  10. I googled some images and it is a tiger swallowtail, tho as Doris said, minus a few feathers.

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  11. I don't remember seeing a single butterfly last summer. But this year, I see at least one every day, sometimes more. Public awareness, maybe. Whatever the deal is, I think folks around here are doing it right.

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  12. The photos are pretty. I'll have to keep a look out for butterflies -but I'm afraid my managerie of birds keeps them at bay.

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  13. It was pretty amazing -- he or she hung out for about five minutes and seemed totally unconcerned by me, although we did have a screen between us.

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  14. It's rare to get a photo of a butterfly, they seem to know when they're being watched and fly away. I love your commentary! Some plant in your garden or one nearby, must have fed the little pillars well to produce such a glut of swallowtails. Aren't they amazing?

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  15. If only grasshoppers had a beautiful metamorphosis, too ~ I'm still trying to figure out their purpose in life aside from being fun for cats to play with. Oh, wait ... now I get it.

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  16. There were butterflies in the garden at the camp where I recently stayed. One glimpse and I smiled. Bumblebees do that for me, too. There's something about them knowing what to do and watching them do it.

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