Sunday, December 9, 2012

Orion is back

 Video of Orion feeding

 We recently harvested some bananas and of course all ripened at the same time. What we couldn't give away we gave to the birds and butterflies. We were hoping that the Orion (historis odious)butterfly will make its annual appearance.
 In fact two made an appearance today, one was so busy feeding from underneath the table  that he took no notice of me.

 The other one was also busy feeding on the table top that it totally ignored me.
Here I am trying to get its wings open and it didn't even budge.


  1. I would love to see odius someday on Barbados. I see them all the time in Venezuela. How´s the population of monarchs?

  2. Hello Alan,
    thanks for stopping by and commenting. I have quite a few monarchs in the garden and I have run out of milkweeds. I plan to sow some more seeds of another type to keep things going.

  3. Wow, what an amazing butterfly. So well camouflaged on the underside, but so bright on the upper side. I really hope I see an Orion when I visit St Lucia in two weeks. Is this a good time of year for butterflies?

  4. Hello Nick,

    As long as there is sunshine and flowers you will see butterflies. You will probably see lots more than we do in Barbados. Look out for the polydamas swallowtail, it is the only swallowtail without a tail but it is gorgeous. The Orion should be there as well probably near wooded areas. Enjoy your holiday!

  5. Brilliant!!. Thank you. I am so looking forward to some warm weather and seeing butterflies again! It seems like a long time since we have had either here in Scotland!!

  6. Nice camera work my dear. Loved seeing the Orion butterfly feeding.
    I hope you made lots of banana bread and have some stored away in the freezer!

  7. Wow, how beautiful! That must have been a pretty cool moment! Great photos by the way. :)

    Happy Gardening & Best Wishes,



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