I stumbled upon the beauty of butterflies when I began taking photos of my backyard garden, back in 2005. I had planted some flowering plants knowing they would attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, but did not know I had some host plants for the butterflies. Specifically, the Monarch.
One day as I was weeding, watering, and checking on the progress of my plants, when I saw some stunning caterpillars with black, yellow, and white stripes. At first I thought the plant had some kind of an infestation, but did not see them on any other plants in the yard. I took some pictures and researched the critters online. I was happily surprised to learn that I had purchased and planted the Milkweed (Asclepias Curassavica).
After the initial shock of nature’s new gift for me, I continued to enjoy witnessing the amazing stages of the caterpillars and transformation into butterflies.
It is now 2011 and am still learning and enjoying the fascination of butterflies right in my garden. I have been visited by the Monarch, Zebra Heliconian, Gulf Fritillary, Polydamas Swallowtail, Julia, Skipper, and many other species of butterflies.
My fascination with butterflies led me to enjoy photography and become close friends with my camera.