Sunday, July 17, 2011

Butterflies and Bread Saturday, July 17, 2011

I did beetle control, both traps were full.......again. Rehung.

Even though the grass was a little wet, I mowed the East yard and around the house. I let the West shady yard go.

The good news about the beetles is they are more attracted to the traps now than the plants! Very good news.

We really enjoyed all the butterflies that were hovering over the phlox. I can take some pictures from the window over the sink. At one time we counted 10. I identified Tiger Swallowtails, Giant Swallowtails,
Black Swallowtails, Spicebush, one little Sulphur and an orange one that was so fleeting I couldn't identify it.

Another interested thing about them was most were in mating mode! That is something I have never seen or maybe just didn't pay attention to. I think having my digital camera has made me really see things I have never seen before.

From Butterflies and Others – 2011

From Butterflies and Others – 2011

The above were the Giant Swallowtails.

This is an Eastern Black Swallowtail.

This doesn't show much detail, but I like the picture,

I am making two loaves of whole wheat bread this morning. I used the mixer for most of the kneading. My hand is still sore. I used our favorite 'Annie's Bread' recipe. It just makes two loaves but that is really more than enough for my really old KA mixer.


  1. Beautiful pictures this morning, the purple phlox against those magnificent butterflies are breathtaking. When we lived in south Texas the little orange butterlies would swarm up from Mexico and for several days there would be thousands in the air. I had never seen anything like that. It's so HOT there, kind of like HERE this summer!

  2. Those are lovely pictures Glenda, I really like that last one. I think butterflies are wonderful creatures.

    Have a lovely Sunday and I hope your hand is soon back to normal.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  3. The pictures are beautiful. I especially like the last one. I hope your hand heals quickly. Have a great Sunday.

  4. I've seen those Eastern Black Swallowtails here. I noticed yesterday I had a big ol' caterpiller on the Tess' Land Race tomato vines. The vines are about done for so I left the caterpiller undisturbed. It was fat and light green, with thin white curved, petal-shaped "stripes" on it. It might've been a tomato hornworm and since it becomes a five-spotted hawkmoth and I don't think they're particularly pretty, I kinda wish I'd killed it now.

  5. Love the blue markings on the Eastern Black Swallowtails. We have had lots of butterflies this year. DH had mentioned earlier in the season that when he left the tractor door open the cab would have lots of butterflies in it.

    Having some tomatoes along now but on the smallish side-some on the vines look bigger.

    Beautiful phlox. Do you know the variety of the last photo? Thanks.

  6. Bev, that is Robert Poore. It is very mildew resistant. Probably the best phlox that I have.