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Old 02-13-2011, 01:36 PM   #1
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Yes, I do plant for butterflies--but not in my kitchen, which is where this critter is. The crosshatching in the photo isn't (just) because I'm bad with cameras; this butterfly seems to have found a home between my new insulating window and the screen.

It's a glorious day here in Austin, but the butterfly shows no sign of wanting to be out in it; though it has fluttered around a bit, it returns to the sunniest bit of screen.

Bad enough feeling like I'm living in a potting shed, what with all the plants brought in for winter and all the new starts for spring. But butterflies half as large as my hand? No. There is a division between indoors and out, and butterflies are only gorgeous on the other side of that line.

Any advice, folks?

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Old 02-13-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Can't you open something and let it out? Then you'll both be happy...
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I tried--it wouldn't go! When I approached the screen from the outside, the resultant fluttering seemed a little too close to panic for my comfort (I didn't want it to injure its wings on the glass). But there's another screened opening less than a foot away, so I opened that one, then went back inside and tried to gently encourage the critter to move toward freedom. No joy. Figured maybe it just wanted privacy, so I left the screen open and wandered off for a while, but all that happened was that I got another butterfly in my kitchen! At least the little yellow-orange one was much more cooperative about being shooed out to the great wide world where it belongs.

I'd love to know what about my kitchen is suddenly so fascinating to the things.
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Hmmmm, what were you cooking recently?
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Old 02-14-2011, 08:47 AM   #5
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Hmmmm, what were you cooking recently?
Whole-citrus recipes, lately. If we're talking about things butterflies might like (somehow, I don't think they'd be interested in bitter greens with smoked meats or the ever-present pot of beans). But it's not like I've never made a batch of lemon curd or a marmalade cake or whatever before, and never suffered an infestation of butterflies--acquired a third before finally managing to coax the first onto a bit of foam for an escort to freedom late yesterday afternoon--so I'm still perplexed.

Unless maybe butterflies are into konjac/glucomann powder? That's the only new item in my pantry.

Have to say, butterflies are much prettier when they're too far away to see their buggy little bodies and those curly probosci. -G-
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Butterflies in February, I would be happy to see them even if invading our home.
Spiders are all that have appeared since fall. Can not even put outside as it is way to cold and snowy.
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Spiders are all that have appeared since fall.
Now, those are welcome! (The non-poisonous non-giant ones, anyway.) As a general rule, nothing's welcome indoors that I didn't specifically invite, but spiders and geckos get a pass so long as they earn their keep by devouring all the other intruders.

And so long as they don't jump on me. I really thought I'd gotten over the whole "Nature's fine--at a distance" thing, but...I freaked out over a butterfly! Guess I've got a way to go. -G-
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Have to say, butterflies are much prettier when they're too far away to see their buggy little bodies and those curly probosci.
Aaaaaaaaaccckkkkkkkkkk! How can you say that? Just look at this beauty!

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Aaaaaaaaaccckkkkkkkkkk! How can you say that? Just look at this beauty!

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Uncurled probosci are no better. Overall, though, that one's much cuter than my temporary guest. Mostly because it's not in my kitchen. ...okay, and because that's a great shot. Nice blossom, too.
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