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.
Looking forward to things is such a delight. We anticipate Christmas, visitors coming, special occasions and here at SunnySide Farm we look forward to the arrival of the summer butterflies. This beauty is the Zebra Longwing. We have only had a few visits and never a glimpse of the white caterpillar with black spots . I will do the happy dance if I see one on the passion vines in the back pasture.
The common name of this AMAZING flower is “Passion Flower”. The story is told that some priests and early missionaries liked to use the complex flower parts to teach about the different elements in the crucifixion and Christ’s resurrection, hence the name “Passion Flower”. The plant is a common Florida native and the host for three of Florida’s most beautiful butterflies, zebra, gulf fritillary and the Julia. I love the name and always love being reminded of the sacrifice made for me.