Next year I am going to have the biggest zinnia bed I possibly can. We have already talked about the compost that we will be adding… the new water lines and ways to keep Kenai from digging up the beds. (That is probably the hardest part) I want lots of flowers… I need them to attract the butterflies. I remember in my science class in high school we made cyanide jars to kill bugs and butterflies for an assignment. Today I would NEVER kill a butterfly.. .now I might hurt that woodpecker that is making a hole in the soffit of the porch. (Just kidding!)
The Gulf Fritillary Butterfly has silver spots on the underside of their wings that glisten in the sunlight. They love the wild passion vine and lay their eggs on the vines that grow all over central Florida. I am thankful to have a pasture that they make themselves at home in.
One day I had a couple of dozen caterpillars on my fennel and then just a few days later none! Where did they go? I hope that they ate their way off and formed chrysalis and went about making beautiful swallowtail butterflies… but I do suspect that the birds might have had a feast.
This year I have only seen one of my favorite butterflies. The zinnias have not done well, the fennel is full but no caterpillars, the passion vine is everywhere BUT there are very few butterflies. Makes me glad I have the pictures. The pictures bring back a memory, a day, a time. When you need a lift get out your old pics, open that cd full of images, browse that memory stick and if you are like me find the floppy disc that is under the desk. It just might make you smile.