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Old Sep 16, 2007, 6:11 PM   #1
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Life history of the Gulf Fritillary posted in the Pentax forum:

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Old Sep 17, 2007, 9:53 PM   #2
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awesome documentary work penolta. i'm impressed with your backyard. are these and the monarch catepillars naturally found in your backyard?

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Yes - and they can be in yours, too - all you have to do is plant their host plants and they will come. Sometimesthe eggs and/or thecaterpillarscome right along with the plants from the nursery. Local nurseries here carry milkweed plants and passion vines (any varieties will do).
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cool deal. i'll have to get some.

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Yes - and they can be in yours, too - all you have to do is plant their host plants and they will come. Sometimesthe eggs and/or thecaterpillarscome right along with the plants from the nursery. Local nurseries here carry milkweed plants and passion vines (any varieties will do).
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There are not many butterflies left after Friday night's unseasonal storm, Hung. If there arre any left to emerge, they may repopulate the yard, if it is not too late in the season. Did it spare your yard?
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The storm wasn't too bad here in Irvine. My plants got a nice watering. Heheh.
I recently landscaped my small backyard. I planted a few lantana bushes which I've noticed skippers and other butterflies seem to like. I also planted an orange honeydew flower bush to bring the hummers.

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I recently landscaped my small backyard. I planted a few lantana bushes which I've noticed skippers and other butterflies seem to like. I also planted an orange honeydew flower bush to bring the hummers.

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Butterflies do feed on Lantant blossoms, but people need to be careful where they plant them if there are small children around who like to mouth things, as the leavesare poisonous if ingested. I suppose the same could apply to some pets, although my dogs don't seem to bother with them, perhaps because of the pungent smell that some of them have.
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