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Post Posted: Sep 17, 2017 2:58 pm 
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Over the past several years I have been planting flowers to attract pollinators.

A neighbor down the road are bee keepers! So I am blessed with many honey bees!

This season I have also had many butterflies! I have no clue what the varieties are (but I think I should learn).

This morning my lemon tree (which is in bloom) was covered with dozens of butterflies! What a sight! I'm going to guess that they might have been West Coast Ladies. Or at least something that looks similar to this:
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As I walked by the lemon tree one landed on my arm and hitched a ride down to the greenhouse. It flickered around the greenhouse for about 15-20 minutes, landing on me multiple times completely unafraid.

I pulled out a finished tomato plant, collecting tomatoes and tossing the over-ripe tomatoes to the chickens. The butterfly flew out to see what was going on. Sadly it landed on the tip of my shoe and quickly got eaten by one of my chickens.
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:( I wish I would have stopped reading before I got to your last sentance... That is heartbreaking and very sad. As beautiful as nature is; it is also very cruel. Your little friend is across the rainbow bridge.

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Post Posted: Sep 17, 2017 4:23 pm 
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I don't know about cruel or heartbreaking. :question: But a bit sad, indeed.

It is the natural order of things. My chicken is probably healthier for it. She is a good forager and loves grasshoppers as well.

The whole encounter was rather surreal for me. A reminder of how magical, brief and fragile life can be.

(A better death than a meaningless splat on a windshield. At least it nourished my chicken which will nourish me, so I can plant more flowers for the butterflies.)


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The butterfly flew out to see what was going on. Sadly it landed on the tip of my shoe and quickly got eaten by one of my chickens.
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:yikes: I hope the it wasn't Eywa...

And, yes that is the way of nature.


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:yikes: I hope the it wasn't Eywa...


Who is Eywa?? :dunno:


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Oh Eywa from the movie Avatar.

Well yes I guess it was:
Eywa, Mother Nature, Gaia, God, Great Spirit ... the Force by any other name is all the same.... ;)


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I was cleaning off my porch today and was taken by the fact that there were MANY of these very same little beauties drifting about languidly through the yard and in my flowering plants. There must have been a recent hatch or they are migrating? It was a phenomenon that I haven't seen in a very long time. I remember as teenager walking through a field and butterflies were varied and profuse. It made me a bit melancholy thinking of the cold nights they will soon face if they don't hurry along.


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I read a good plant to put in your flower garden for the butterfly caterpillars to eat iNSTEAD of the flowers is PARSLEY. They apparently love parsley. I am going to try it next year.

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I don't get news channels but just saw on FB its the annual painted lady butterfly migration! So there's that!

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I don't get news channels but just saw on FB its the annual painted lady butterfly migration! So there's that!


Thanks! Good to know. There sure are a lot of them.


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they definitely love sunflowers.
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Our remaining blooms are covered with Painted Ladies this morning.
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