Timtastic’s Fantastic Butterflies

It’s been forever since we blogged, but we’re going to take a stab at doing it again on a somewhat regular basis. I still have plenty to say about plants. Last April we had the honor of visiting our friend Tim’s magical butterfly world. Tim has since become butterfly internet famous, and we’re so proud. Right before we moved back to Wisconsin over 4 years ago, Tim (a total stranger at the time) contacted us via Flickr to see if we had any extra Aristolochia californica (California pipevine) we could spare to feed his California pipevine swallowtail caterpillars after seeing pics of our big vine. In a time of great stress and crazy pregnancy hormones) it was one of the happiest things that ever happened to me. Here’s my post from when we first met before moving with pics of my old vine.

Tim has all the blooms and host plants a butterfly or caterpillar needs going on here in the screen house. This was mid-April, so I’m sure it went even more cray-cray as the days got longer.

Zoe brought out some ready-to-release butterflies, because there’s nothing more fun than releasing butterflies.

Check out this velvety California pipevine swallowtail caterpillar looking for some tasty treats on the Aristolochia.

Make sure you follow Tim on Instagram. Stay tuned for more soon!

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