Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happiness Haven

Uninhibited. Flamboyant. Gregarious. The Western Tiger Swallowtail is a welcome guest.
Seen sipping nectar from the ubiquitous agapanthus, the butterfly does not require exotic plants to to be happy in the home garden.

In nature: swallowtails surf air streams, coursing from ridge lines into riparian canyons. Happiness for the butterfly grows on trees. Literally. Suburban landscapes offering munchies for the caterpillars - birch, citrus, sycamore and willows-green leaves are tasty temptation for this youthful stage of life. Having found abundant food, they will cocoon. Let them rest to emerge to a nectar-filled floral banquet; a bit of water to hydrate-they will consider your garden their haven.

The only question will be: who is happier. You? Or the butterfly?

Images by Gene Sasse. Used with permission.


Frequent Traveler said...

What wonderful butterfly pictures, Lydia! Your garden is filled with love.

Hmmm, I think we are both happy:)
And blessed.

Oregon Sue said...

Love it. Love it. Love it!!
I haven't paid much attention to that variety of butterfly, like name etc, but I notice when they are around and some how feel like it's my sister floating by. Sort of a loving message. Silly? Maybe. I miss her.
Thanks for the nice blog girlfriend!

Miss Jean said...

Nature and man living in harmony I think.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for your kind words and prayers for my family.

OldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh, it would be me, because I can't speak for The Butterfly...! But I know, I would be THRILLED beyond words.
BEAUTIFUL, Lydia....!

Anonymous said...

Oh, the beautiful swallowtail. When I was little there were many growers in the Montebello Hills along Beverly Blvd. and these floating wonders appeared once a year. Brings back childhood memories. Thanks. XO Edda