Pipevine Swallowtail

I was in the garden when something caught my eye. At first, I thought it was a bird. Then I thought it was a hummingbird moth before I finally realized it was a butterfly.

Not just any butterfly—it was a new-to-me butterfly, which is always exciting.

As usual, I didn’t have my phone or camera with me. So I ran inside for my camera, ran back out, and started taking pictures. Once I was done, it only took me a few minutes of Googling to identify the butterfly.

Just have a look at this beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor).

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What Caught My Eye: Cleaning Up The Fall Garden, Birds and Hurricanes, And More

We made it through the first week of September. What happened to August?

As usual, it flew by. Keeping up with the harvest feels like a full-time job in August. I ended the month with squash exhaustion due to my favorite Trombetta di Albenga squash. Of course, I’m now hoping it continues growing through September!

Anyway, here are a few interesting articles that caught my eye:

9 Tips For Cleaning Up The Fall Garden | Hobby Farms

Just because your crops stopped producing doesn’t mean you’re done with your garden quite yet.

Where Do Birds Go In A Hurricane? | Forbes

When severe weather hits, humans flee or hunker down and hope for the best. But what about birds? Where do they go? And what happens to migratory birds?

Want To Save The Bees? Here’s What You Should Know | Popular Science

Most bees are solitary. This may come as a surprise, especially if your bee knowledge comes from reading about colony collapse disorder and that one time you saw The Bee Movie once on a plane. To most people, bees are fat, buzzing, social insects that live in hives suspended in trees—they’re certainly not skinny little buggers that dig holes to lay eggs.

How Texans Can Get Ready For The Monarch ‘Super Generation’ This Fall | Dallas News

Monarch butterflies in the northern reaches of their range—southern Canada and the far-north eastern and central United States—already have begun their migration to Central Mexico, a journey of 3,000 miles. By the end of September, this year’s final generation, the so-called super generation, will begin arriving in Texas.

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Five Minutes in the Garden: Monarchs, Hummingbird Moths, and Swallowtails

It’s the beginning of September and I know summer is coming to an end. While I enjoy the change in seasons, I’ve REALLY enjoyed all the birds, bees, and butterflies this summer—knowing my days of chasing monarchs and other pollinators around the garden are coming to an end makes me a bit wistful.

I was washing the dishes recently when I looked outside and noticed a monarch flying around. Clearly, the dishes would have to wait.

So I grabbed my camera and headed out to take a few pictures. And I certainly chose the right time to head out.

Five minutes in the garden yielded lots of great pics, including the following.

Pollinators Paradise | Horseradish & Honey
Zinnias are a pollinator’s paradise
Hummingbird Clearwing Moth on Butterfly Bush | Horseradish & Honey
Hummingbird clearwing moth…you can see through his wings!
Pink Zinnia Flower with Monarch Butterfly | Horseradish & Honey
Same monarch enjoying the zinnias
Pink Zinnia Flower with Black Swallowtail Butterfly | Horseradish & Honey
Swallowtail enjoying the zinnias, too
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