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Monday, July 20, 2009

Mid July


Butterflies, lizards and flowers from the moon garden. click butterflies & lizards for larger pictures (opens in a new window)



3 gulf fritillary butterflies & buckeye butterfly
gulf fritillaries

2 zebra swallowtails
zebra swallowtails

painted lady butterfly on echinacea
painted lady butterfly on echinacea

buckeye butterfly
buckeye butterfly

Takes caterpillars to have butterflies, and they have very specific dietary requirements.... In this day & age of endless turf, we all should grow
butterfly host plants   << click the link

It's no longer possible to depend on the vacant lot down the street to supply us with butterflies for our flower garden.



little gray lizard
little gray lizard
AKA Eastern Fence Lizard

striped lizard
striped lizard
AKA Six-lined Racerunner

These lizards are helpful in the garden, They will occassionally dash out in front of me to grab bugs... I've even had them hang out next to the campfire eating termites while I made coffee & pancakes!

I was reading at the baker creek forum (http://idigmygarden.com/forums) where somebody had a squash bug eatin horned toad!

Obviously, you wouldn't have butterflies or lizards in so-called "traditional" chemical gardening...





Here's a couple taken at dusk from the moon garden.

flashlight bush
flashlight bush


gourd blooms
gourd blooms





 

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