Butterfly & Pollinator Garden

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The Pollinator Garden is complete and in bloom! Come see all of the beautiful plants and visiting butterflies!
 (Photo credits: Thanks to Brad Boland, Patricia Pierce and Amanda Wilkins for the use of their photos)

These are views of the development of the Butterfly & Pollinator Garden that have been posted on our Instagram account.

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Fun story from the week: I was checking the propagation bench and noticed the Aristolochia tomentosa cuttings weren't doing well. 'Aww, well,' I thought, 'it was a long shot.' Then, upon closer inspection, I noticed frass. What!!! Sure enough, six pipevine swallowtail caterpillars were hanging out on the couple leaves left. Oh dear! Well, I gently moved them to some Aristolichia littoralis, tropical pipevine, and let them hang out for a bit longer. What a silly twist of fate. I have only seen two pipevine swallowtail butterflies this year. I hope they give the baby Aristolochia fibriata in the nursery a chance. Ha! #pipevine #pipevineswallowtail #swallowtail #swallowtailbutterfly #mbgbutterfly1 #pollinators #nativeplants #aristolochia #aristolochiatomentosa #aristolochialittoralis #aristolochiaceae ...

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A black #bumblebee on a white #hibiscus moscheutos in the #pollinator #garden #mbgbutterfly1 #mobileal #horticulture #apidae #classinsecta #bees #pollinators #publicgardens ...

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Laying eggs on #boehmeria cylindrica #falsenettle #pollinators #nativeplants #nativeweeds #butterflies #mbgbutterfly1 #Vanessa atalanta #redadmiralbutterfly #metamorphosis ...

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SO MANY #BUMBLEBEES on this #cephalanthus occidentalis #buttonbush at the mobilebotanicalgardens Can't wait to #plant more! #mbgbutterfly1 #horticulture #pollinators #nativeplants ...

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Hopefully this little #caterpillar is a #sulfurbutterfly larva!! #chamaecrista fasciculata #partridgepea is the #hostplant for this group of #butterflies. We have a handsome population in the #longleaf #forest but this one is going in the #pollinator #garden #mbgllf1 #mbgbutterfly1 #horticulture #nativeplants #fabaceae ...

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#blackswallotail #caterpillar hanging out on the #bronzefennel #omnomnom #horticulture #pollinators #butterflies ...

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The Brazilian skippers have found our Thalia dealbata, aligator flag, in the nursery. While they look a mess, it's worth it to see these waifs, large versions of the skippers we commonly see. Remember, when you see damage on your garden plants do some research first before you "treat" them. Plants are used to getting eaten sometimes. They can handle it if you can handle looking at them and waiting for the insects to have their turn. #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #mbgscene #mbgscene1 #publicgardens #mbgbutterfly1 #horticulture #botany #thaliadealbata #calpodesethlius #brazilianskipper #skipperbutterflies #nativeplants #marantaceae ...

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There were lots of busy #bees and #butterflies in the #pollinator #garden with me this morning! #mbgbutterfly1 #horticulture #verbena xutha #classinsecta #apidae ...

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I was fortunate not to scare this #clearwingmoth away during my #pollinator #garden respite. It was very keen on this #porterweed #stachytarpheta #classinsecta #mbgbutterfly1 #Lepidoptera #horticulture #nature #botany ...

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You know, we're always taught about aphids and ladybugs as children but rarely get to observe them in the wild in their natural prey/predator roles. The Gaura at the mobilebotanicalgardens has been infested with aphids this season, probably from the stress of the weather, but the ladybugs are out enforce these days, as well! Very cool! #symbiosis #ladybugs #coleoptera #classinsecta #pollinators #pollinatorgarden #mbgscene #mbgbutterfly1 #publicgardens #nativeplants #horticulture #botany #mbgscene1 #publicgardens #gaura #gauralindheimeri #onagraceae #hemiptera #aphids #truebugs ...

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Oh man......she twitched but didn't go for it. #mbgbutterfly1 #classinsecta #mantodea #nativemantis #hymnoptera #nativebees #nature #horticulture #symbiosis #botany ...

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The volunteer workday yesterday went way better than expected! With five people, we blew past my expectations and got a lot done in the Pollinator Garden at the Mobile Botanical Gardens. Hammer, a University of South Alabama student, is show here woman-handling the dense rootball of a Distylium 'Vintage Jade' she just dug under the close gaze of an Agave americana and myself. This little vignet is being replaced with a combination of perennials, including Gaura lindheimeri, Rudbeckia maxima, and Hibiscus. #mbgcavalry #mbgbutterfly1 #mbgscene #horticulture #mbgscene1 #volunteering #gardenreno #gardendesign #gulfcoastgardening #usajagnation ...

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This #skipperbutterfly and I had the same idea yesterday afternoon to take a break from the heat! #mbgbutterfly1 #classinsecta #Lepidoptera #horticulture #botany #pollinators ...

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It was a great morning!!! Checked the nursery first thing and found this Gulf Frittilary larva on a passionflower vine. SO EXCITED! I saw a butterfly yesterday at the MarketPlace and was struck by how beautiful they are once more. The underside of their wings flash when they beat. *melts* #mbgbutterfly1 #mbgscene1 #passionflower #hostplants #passiflora #passifloralutea #passifloraincarnata #passifloraceae #horticulture #butterfly #gulffrittilary #Agraulisvanillae #Heliconiinae #lepidoptera ...

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