If you are interested in plants and you get the opportunity, visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Dallas, Texas. I visited last weekend and it was gorgeous.
It was also a great opportunity to study insects as well as plants.
Do you recognize it? It is a variegated fritillary. The larvae feed on passion flowers and also purslane, both of which were growing in the gardens.
Having a diverse collection of plants increases the likelihood a butterfly will find the right ones to complete its life cycle.
Here a duskywing skipper is resting on a columbine leaf. If this is a wild indigo duskywing, it’s larvae feed on wild indigo and lupines. Lupines were growing in the rock garden nearby.
Plants and insects go together, so growing a variety of plants in a garden is win-win.
Have you ever been to the Dallas Arboretum?