Our 8-year old Pipevines have finally attracted an egg-laying Pipevine Swallowtail! She didn't stop fluttering her wings for the whole time I watched. She circled around landing on a particular few branches feeling them with her legs (as best I could tell) and looping around again to re-check & select the final branch then layed 14 orange eggs (shown in the picture) The nearest population I know of is a few miles away over the hill from here. I did put two fat caterpillars in two years ago that a friend found in Sonoma but I doubt they both survived, & produced both male & female.This must have been someone drifting in on the winds from over the hill. With any luck our Pipevines will be devastated this summer. They sprout back healthier than even when cut back. Pictures: http://www.edgehill.net/2003-06-26-pipevine-swallowtail-P1010093_.jpg http://www.edgehill.net/2001-05-11-pipevine (larvae) http://www.edgehill.net/2003-02-15-pipevine (plant) http://www.edgehill.net/2001-02-11-pipevine (plant) http://www.edgehill.net/pipevine.gif (plant) -- Paul Furman http://www.edgehill.net san francisco native plants (415) 722-6037 David Williams wrote: > With the sun out, the butterflies in the yard are going nuts. > > David Williams > Seattle
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