Friday, March 30, 2012

Flower Hill Farm BUTTERFLIES OF 2011 ~ GRAND FINALE



The series Flower Hill Farm Butterflies  (all sightings and most photos are from 2011 with exception to a few from other years) along with a few other Lepidoptera . . . comes to its final metamorphosis . . . and end . . .  just as many buds are beginning to unfurl and reports of 2012 butterfly sightings begin. 
My knowledge and respect for these butterflies and moths has grown over the last fifteen or so posts. It was lovely spending all of January, February and most of March editing photos of these magical creatures, while learning more important facts about their life cycles. 
Our Flower Hill Farm gardens, blueberry fields, wildflower fields and forest do attract many more species of Lepidoptera. I have yet to capture but these few butterflies and moths (plus a few more not included in the collage above) in our wildlife habitat.
In Massachusetts alone there are hundreds of species that might live in our gardens, fields and along the forest edge. I now realize that I may have made it hard or impossible for other butterflies to survive here due to my stewardship practices.
I vow to never destroy an egg or caterpillar that I have not explicitly identified as an invasive pest. Gypsy moth eggs and caterpillars must still BEWARE! 
As I mentioned in the various posts in this series, many butterflies and moths overwinter in either egg, larva/caterpillar, pupa/chrysalis and a few even in adult butterfly stages. 
With all the best intentions, we go out into our gardens and fields to 'CLEAN UP' to prepare for the following season's glory. What we do not always realize is that by being so fastidious we are possibly killing or exposing creatures to predation or the elements. 
For many years I have hired a neighbor to mow the fields in November, now I will protect certain parts of the fields where host plants for different butterflies thrive.
A messy garden is a happier garden . . . for wildlife and me too!
I wish you all boundless butterfly sightings for 2012!
Another Friday already and so I send all my butterflies over to Sweden to join Katarina's Roses and Stuff.

11 comments:

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Carol this is another amazing series...I learned so much. I also do not clean up my garden until later. Which reminds me to leave the meadow for a while longer.

Randi said...

These images are enchanted, Carol! Breathtaking captures!!!
Kram/Randi

Laila said...

You already know that I love and admire your photos! Thanks for sharing them and your knowledge!
Kram/Laila

Sharon Lovejoy said...

This "round-up" touches my heart. Carol, not only do you have the artist's eye, but the artist's sensitivity. Some folks see these things and just don't get what a miracle they are.

Thanks for your comment. I seem to gain weight when I am stuck at my drafting board or computer working on a book. Then, as the pressures diminish, the weight leaves me. Wish it could leave forever.

Love and happy weekend,

Sharon

sandy said...

This is lovely. I really enjoyed this series.

Have you seen hummingbirds yet?
The map for this spring shows them already here.

sandy said...

This is lovely. I really enjoyed this series.

Have you seen hummingbirds yet?
The map for this spring shows them already here.

Gillian Olson said...

Thanks for sharing all the awesome pictures in this series.

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Wonderful blog! Lovely post ~ I'm now following ~ Best, Anne

Gela said...

So many beautyful pictures of butterflies!!! Have a nice weekend/Gela

Alistair said...

It is always a treat to see the images of these butterfly's which visit your garden.

Leena said...

Absolutely wonderful! Such pics! I'm so impressed, and enjoy every photo. Have a nice week! /Leena

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