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Morpho didius (Giant blue morpho), Nymphalidae, Peru

Morpho didius, common name Giant Blue Morpho, is a Neotropical butterfly belonging to the Nymphalidae family, Morphinae subfamily.

The genus name Morpho comes from an Ancient Greek epithet “μορφώ“, roughly “the shapely one”, for… 86 more words

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Among the Lilacs

My office window opens onto a flowering lilac tree that is visited by butterflies, hummingbirds, other birds and several really neat insects. A lilac bush grew outside my window when I was a girl.  121 more words


Creating a Grassland Habitat in Your Garden

Many people believe that wetlands and forests are the most threatened habitats on the planet and are unaware of how critically threatened our grasslands are as well. 690 more words

The Small Tortoiseshell

Found in our garden and pretty much any place where there are nettles for their larvae to feed on….


Finally, the Butterflies are Back!

Need to mark this in the gardening journal (that’s what this blog is!). Today, May 18 at about 11am I saw our first real monarch activity around the crown flower. 42 more words


Zebra Swallowtail butterfly

As I was out searching for dragonflies in the heat of the midday sun, a butterfly came fluttering into view. I haven’t seen many large butterflies yet this spring, so I followed after it, trying to identify it. 172 more words


The Comma

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Another visitor to our garden.  The Comma gets its name from the only white marking on its underside which looks a like a tiny white comma.