Archive for July, 2007

Obedient plant

Monday, July 30th, 2007


Obedient plant, originally uploaded by trekr.

It’s not.

Chiltepin

Monday, July 30th, 2007


Chiltepin, originally uploaded by trekr.

Chiltepins drying in the hot Texas sun.

Pipe-vine Caterpillar

Monday, July 30th, 2007


Pipe-vine Caterpillar, originally uploaded by trekr.

Another interesting caterpillar. It should grow up to be a blue swallowtail.

Black Swallowtail

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Black Swallowtail

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

Last one, promise.

Black Swallowtail

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

By now, you are probably wondering if I have anything better to do than watch butterflies. Not so much :) Anyway, if you look closely, you can see the chrysalis in the background. The white spot just where the butterfly’s eye should be is actually an empty egg. Look just below the chrysalis and you can see two other eggs.

Black Swallowtail

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

 

Black Swallowtail

Friday, July 6th, 2007

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Black Swallowtail, originally uploaded by trekr.

Both in the same photo! There was also an Chyrsalis just off to the side and I couldn’t manage the framing. Maybe tomorrow?

Chiltepin

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

Chiltepin, originally uploaded by trekr.

Thomas Jefferson received Chiltepin seeds from Samuel Brown of San Antonio, Texas in 1812. He sowed them in plot XII and the Chiltepin is still grown in the Monticello Vegetable Garden today. Brown wrote Jefferson that the peppers were “essential to my health as salt itself”. Jefferson sent some of the seeds to Bernard McMahon, a Philadelphia nurseryman who marketed the plant as an ornamental which became known as McMahon’s Texas Bird Pepper. The Chiltepin was declared the native pepper of Texas in 1997 by House Concurrent Resolution No. 82, 75th Legislature, Regular Session.