Tropical Silverspot Butterfly On Yellow Chrysanthemums

Today's photos show a tropical silverspot gulf fritillary butterfly (Agraulis vanillae) visiting our yellow chrysanthemum blooms. This butterfly, which is also known as the Silver Spotted FlambeauIt, is the first butterfly seen visiting our chrysanthemums and I was glad to get a few photos of it. Front View: The upperside of the butterfly is bright orange … Continue reading Tropical Silverspot Butterfly On Yellow Chrysanthemums

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Today . . . I Found An Empty Nest

On April 7th, I went up our hill in search of soursop fruits (Annona muricata), but found none.  However, what I did find was a strange looking "soursop" hanging at the end of a limb which turned out to be the nest of a hummingbird. We have a small population (or charm) of hummingbirds living … Continue reading Today . . . I Found An Empty Nest

April Photos Of Our Vegetable Garden

Here are eight photos of our hillside vegetable garden at the end of April 2018. Photos of: 1)  Our second sunflower bloom with pollen on its leaf, as well as the blossoms and young fruit of the bell pepper plants. 2)  Okras ready for reaping, our large lettuce, and a few thyme plants. 3)  Our … Continue reading April Photos Of Our Vegetable Garden

The Not So Friendly Ants In Our Garden

We have ants all over our vegetable garden, and even though they bite sometimes, we have no problems with them at all . . . in dry weather, that is. We've recently discovered that after a week of rainfall, they have become the not so friendly ants in our garden. When the ground became saturated with … Continue reading The Not So Friendly Ants In Our Garden