Just kidding - but I did come home from work and find this
yard! I tried for a couple of hours to get decent photos (my neighbors
probably think I'm nuts; I was knocking on their doors asking for
permission to go into their yard to get pictures as I chased the bird
through the neighborhood.) Here's the White Peacock Butterfly:
The silver dots under the leaf in the photo below are White Peacock
Butterfly Eggs on Bacopa
, one of
their host plants.
I'm looking for another caterpillar so I can get better pictures, so bookmark me and check back
to see what I find.
The drought and water restrictions have nearly killed off my Bacopa,
which my White Peacock Butterflies laid eggs on before, so I've been
searching other host plants for them; I found some chewing on Green Shrimp Plant
I've heard that they'll lay eggs on
Phyla nodiflora, but I
haven't found a caterpillar on mine yet. They sure like to nectar on it though:
White Peacock Butterfly nectaring on a small
The butterfly on the right is a photo from October. The one above
(reminder to look up when I took the picture and update this)
is more pale, the one
on the right more colorful. They seem to have deeper colors as winter
approaches, but it could be just a newer or older butterfly too. I'll try to remember to
pay attention and update this when I can say it one way or the other for sure.
White Peacock Butterfly sipping nectar from a Hempweed Vine flower:
I was about to replace some of the older pictures with these better
ones, but then I remembered Google Image Search. I've waited and waited
for it to find my pictures, so I don't want to risk removing one that
they might have indexed! The photos also demonstrate that if you
practice something, for example, butterfly photography, you do
eventually get better at it. I'm still practicing, so check back to see
if they get better. Practice makes....
White Peacock Butterfly nectars on
The blue flowers this White Peacock Butterfly is resting on are
seen lots of butterflies pause to nectar on my Plumbago bushes; they
seem to like it.
Speaking of flowers, I found another
Butterfly on a Climbing Aster Flower, but it wasn't eating. Don't
look if you're squeamish.