Category Archives: Eastern Swallowtail

In the Butterfly Garden, Part II: Transplants and Seedlings to Make a Vibrant Butterfly Garden in Downtown San Antonio

The turf-to-bed conversion continues as we begin to transform a drought-damaged downtown San Antonio yard into a butterfly garden. Favorite host plants will be transplanted from Austin, we’ll buy several new plants in the spring and plan our seedling strategy for early January. Read all about it, and let us know if you have questions. Continue reading

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Butterfly FAQ: Is Relocating a Monarch Chrysalis OK? Yes, and Here’s Tips On How to Handle Them With Care

Butterfly FAQ: Is it OK to relocate a Monarch chrysalis after its formed? Answer: Yes, and here’s some tips on what to keep in mind when you do. Continue reading

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Happy First Birthday! Cheers to the Texas Butterfly Ranch and to the Evolution of this Butterfly Blog

Happy first birthday to the Texas Butterfly Ranch blog, where we love the whole life cycle. Read on to learn how we came about blogging and how our education continues. Continue reading

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No Fireworks this Fourth of July, But How About Those Synchronous Fireflies?

No Fireworks this Fourth of July? You can still celebrate with the natural fireworks show of the synchronous firefly of the Great Smokey Mountains. Check out the video. Continue reading

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How to Raise Butterflies-to-Be: Rearing Caterpillars the Topic at Monday’s Austin Butterfly Forum

Ever wonder about the best way to raise caterpillars at home for fun?  I do, and experiment all the time–with mixed success.  That’s why I’m so looking forward to the Austin Butterfly Forum’s “How to Raise Caterpillars” meeting on Monday, … Continue reading

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Gardening Good for Your Health AND for the Butterflies

Gardening shown to be good for your health according to Aggie study. Butterflies benefit, too, when gardeners apply themselves to providing host plants. Continue reading

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Second Annual Native San Antonio Festival to Feature Butterfly Talk on Swallowtails and Monarchs

The San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas is staging the second annual Native San Antonio Festival this Saturday, March 26 from 10 – 2 PM at the Land Heritage Institute. Activities include tree giveaways, a native plant … Continue reading

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