Friday, October 29, 2010

They are back


Last year October 26 2009,  the Orion butterfly appeared in my garden. Today they are back! The Orion (historis odius) is the largest butterfly in the Caribbean area, a strong and high flier, they are found between Florida, Mexico  and the Caribbean as far as Belize and South America. They feed on rotting fruit and their larval food is the Cecropia tree. I have documented the life cycle of this butterfly  here .
Wishing all gardeners around the globe a wonderful and fruitful weekend.

10 comments:

Sunita said...

I like these nose-in-the-air butterflies. They look almost snooty ... quite amusing!
Their Indian counterparts have to be the Blue Oakleaf butterflies. They mimic dry leaves when at rest, just like the Orion butterfly.

delcasmx said...

I like this butterflies, I sometimes saw them in my garden back at my country. Great to see them visiting you!

Naturedigital said...

Beautiful species.
Costas

Kris said...

What lovely wing structure on these beauties. How lucky they find your gardens pleasant to visit. Wonderful pics. :-D

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I'll have to keep an eye out for these high soaring beauties!

kanak7 said...

I remember your beautiful post on these butterflies. Good to know that these lovelies are back!

www said...

Lucky you to have a garden that attracts butterflies as big and good looking as your Orion butterflies. -- Bom @ http://www.plantchaser.com

Kris said...
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Andrea said...

Hi Helen, i've been away on vacation to my province for ten days, which i spent mostly chasing butterflies, without much nice photos! That is aside from going to the beach and climbing a small backyard mountain on a foggy morning. Looks like that butterfly is really big. Our brown butterlies here also love to feed on rotting fruits and decaying leaves, but the nice colored ones prefer the flowers as usual.

KyraAngelFae said...

HI!!!I saw one of these today on some rotting mangoes while i was at work gave me a surprise because i have never seen one before i have been all over the net trying to figure out what kind of butterfly it was very beautiful and amazing when its wings closed it looked like a dried leaf