Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Gulf Fritillary laying an egg

Here is a photograph that I took of a Gulf Fritillary laying an egg on the leaf of a passion vine.  If you look closely you can see the egg coming out of the butterfly.

Gulf Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary Egg on the leaf of a Passion Vine

Close-up of a Gulf Fritillary Egg on the leaf of a Passion Vine

Gulf fritillary

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Gulf Fritillary caterpillars are eating the Passion Vines

I check my passion vines for Gulf Fritillary caterpillars every few days.  When they get out of control they can eat up entire passion vine.  Three years ago my passion vines looked more like sticks because of the Gulf Fritillarys.  Late this afternoon I noticed one caterpillar and on closer examination of four vines there were over 50 caterpillars that were about 3/8" or less.

Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, this was one of the larger ones.
Gulf Fritillary caterpillar, you can see how this one has been eating the edges and a hole in the leaves.

Passion Flower

Despite the caterpillars I have a lot of blooms and they look great!

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Drippy Fog on Passion Flower

This morning we have some drippy fog, we will take any kind of moisture in Southern California!  The droplets on the red passion flower look really cool.

Passion Flower - You can see the fog droplets falling in this picture

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The Hooded Orioles are back this year and I like watching them feed from the nectar feeders. They are very skittish and will flee with the slightest movement inside the house.  I took these pictures using a telephoto lens while standing in the computer room more than 40 feet from the feeder.
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole
Hooded Oriole

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Epiphyllum is starting to bloom!

The Epiphyllum is starting to bloom!
Epiphyllum

Epiphyllum

Monday, May 2, 2016

Passion Flowers

All of my passion vines are blooming!







Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fragrant Tillandsia

My fragrant tillandsia is in bloom.  I bought this about 3 years ago when it was in bloom and I thought it would never bloom again and it hasn't until today! 

Tillandsia
The bloom is less than a half an inch and has a strong sweet fragrance.