Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cabbage white ( I think!)

Usually I wouldn't like these so much as they lay eggs on my veggies but I was out taking pics of my swan plant ( does anyone know when monarch butterflies  lay their eggs on swan plants?) cos it looks really cool just now - it's got huge round balls hanging off it - the garden is full of monarch butterflies, but I can't see any eggs on the swan plants.


I saw this butterfly fluttering around and it landed on a flower and hung around for ages so I took some pics of it - manual focus and everything!

Look at it's eyes!

I think I might let this one lay a few eggs.


  1. Your photos could be in a nature magazine. Really great quality, and very eye catching!quanulan

  2. Oh fabulous photos, I can't believe the detail you have managed to capture. What a marvellous photographer you are!

    I'd let it lay a few eggs too :)

  3. Laura, your photography is just beautiful....x

  4. Anonymous10:57 pm

    Beautiful photos Laura, I love them. We used to have swan bushes on the farm, and watch the monach butterflys hatch. It was like magic. The most beautiful crysalis you could ever imagine with little gold spots around the top. When they break out of the crysalis their wings are wet so the can't fly.They spread their wings out flat to dry, and then they are free to fly where ever they want.
    Truely a miricle to watch.

  5. Hi Laura. Lovely photos. Monarchs are laying eggs on my swan plants at the moment. Sometimes the parasitic wasps get them all though (and the baby caterpillars get eaten too by something - birds?) When we have a few eggs we normally throw some double layered bird netting over the plant to stop predators. Also stops monarchs laying so many eggs too, that then eat up all available foliage and then have nothing left to eat. If you want to maximise your chances of photographing them hatching, we normally bring inside some chrsyallis's attached to a branch and put in a vase of water in the kitchen, and then you've got a much better chance of seeing it happening, very cool. Cheers, Christy

  6. thanks Christy, that's a great plan ,I'm going to keep an eye out then net and probably take a branch in as well, that;s if I get any eggs, of course! :)

  7. I love the pictures--they are fabulous Laura. I bet it is just gorgeous there today :) Happy New Year to you and your family!

  8. Hi first time on your blog and loving it. Gorgeous photography. What kind of camera do you use?

    Cheers to butterflies


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