If You Plant It, They Will Come

I mentioned on a previous post, that I was trying to grow the correct Passion Flower to attract the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly.  I finally got it right.  Several have arrived.

The Butterflies got to work and laid eggs which have already hatched into a new generation.

Even more exciting, I found five Pipe-vine Swallow Tail caterpillars on my Aristolochia fimbriata.

The nurseryman was correct with his advice that the butterflies would come.  The plant is nearly gone, but that was the plan.  I collected some of the seeds for next year’s plants and butterflies.


21 Comments on “If You Plant It, They Will Come”

  1. crabandfish says:

    Such beautiful butterflies 🦋

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    How exciting! and your title is what I frequently say about attracting wildlife to the garden. 🙂

  3. shoreacres says:

    There’s very little more beautiful than a plant that’s been devoured by caterpillars — unless it’s your tomatoes, I suppose. Congrats on finally tempting those beauties to your yard.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    Lovely. What a treat to have them visit.

  5. carol says:

    I had the same success with my Frits this year. I need to find that host plant for those Pipe-vine Swallowtails for next year and see if “they will come”. They are really cool! Great pics, too.

  6. Tina says:

    Nice set of shots and yes they will!

    Something interesting in my garden this season is that the Pipevine Swallowtails didn’t munch on my Dutch pipevine, A. fimbriata, like they have the past couple of years. There were usually 3-4 rounds of the cycle: munch the vine to the skeleton phase; cats all go into metamorphosis; pipevine leafs out again and adult butterflies emerge; then the whole cycle starts over again.

    In fact, it’s only very recently that I’ve seen an adult Pipevine Swallowtail. Yearly variation, I’m guessing, but it was an interesting development.

    Btw, your A. fimbriata should come back, mine always have, though they’re not in pots, but directly in the garden.

    • I haven’t had Swallowtails in years. Maybe they are on my side of the state this year. The vine is starting to come back and I still have the butterflies, so maybe there will be more caterpillars.

  7. Deb says:

    The butterfly is lovely but those caterpillars look like a “don’t touch me “ type. Glad you found the right plant.

  8. Misti says:

    I haven’t seen any pipevines this year so I’m jealous!

  9. Sheryl says:

    Wow, it’s amazing how just planting a Passion Flower can attract butterflys.


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