Mostly Native Urban Butterfly Garden Outperforms Lawn Anytime in San Antonio

Last year about this time, we detailed a turf-to-bed conversion in the front yard of our rent house in the downtown Lavaca neighborhood of San Antonio. ¬†We thought it would be helpful to share what happened over the past year … Read More

Queen, Monarch Caterpillars and Butterflies: How to Tell the Difference

Queen and Monarch butterflies look similar and use milkweed as a host plant. Here’s some tips on how to tell the difference in the caterpillars, butterflies, even the chrysalises, as the continue to show up in South Texas this fall.… Read More

Queen and Monarch Butterflies Share Beauty, Charm and Gold Dotted Chrysalises: How to Tell the Difference

Queen butterflies and Monarch butterflies share beauty, charm and gorgeous chrysalises as endearing traits. That said, it’s often hard to tell the difference between the two. here’s some tips on distinguishing these butterfly beauties from each other.… Read More

Pollinators Gone Wild: 32 Monarch Butterflies Tagged as Predators Make for a Dangerous World for Butterflies

The dangerous world of butterflies: pollinators galore prove irresistible to predators as Monarch butterflies make their southward migration along the Llano River in the Texas Hill Country.… Read More

How to tell the Difference between Future Monarch Butterflies and Future Queen Butterflies, Part II

As mentioned in a previous post, one way to tell future Queen butterflies from Monarch butterflies-to-be is to observe them in the caterpillar stage. ¬†Queens have three sets of antennae-like protuberances, while Monarchs have two. I say “antennae-like” because my … Read More