Lauren's Butterfly Garden

                                         Butterfly Photographs - Houston, Texas

This Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly was about to land on our baby Cinnamomum Camphora tree to lay an egg, Sunday, March 21, 2021 @ 4pm
This is a fellow Spicebush caterpillar that I rescued on March 29, 2021 when it was about 3 weeks old.  Pictured here, it is almost 6 weeks old on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
The freshly laid Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly egg on Sunday, March 21, 2021 @ 4:10p.m.
Found this female Monarch on our driveway today, Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1:05p.m.   She is still alive, but her hind legs are missing and her wings look scratched up, poor gal :(
Blue Butterfly plant (Clerodendrum ugandense) with beautiful blue-violet petals, taken on December 4, 2020.  Gift from Lauren's mommy, Shannon :)
Blue Butterfly Plant December 4,
Lauren's tree located at First Christian Church near Rice University. I was so happy to see that they put Christmas lights on it :)  Photo taken on December 9, 2020.
Lauren's tree at First Christian Church

Lauren's cousin, Rita, with a lovely Monarch Butterfly roosting on her head! 

April 1, 2020.

Rita with Monarch Butterfly on her hair

Found ya!!! One of the first Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly eggs on our baby Cinnamomum camphora tree. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


First time a Common Buckeye Butterfly has visited our yard :)  

Or rather, the first time I've witnessed one in our yard!  Such a beautiful creature :)

Photographed on Friday, October 12, 2018, sipping from our Lantana flowers.

Common Buckeye Butterfly species Junonia
This little guy hatched on Monday night or Tuesday morning back on March 29 or 30th. Here it is on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at almost 3 weeks old :)
We have young Milkweed plants all along the west side of our yard - January 23, 2021
Milkweed on west side of our house on Ja
Our Passion Flower Vine is re-growing just fine after the lawn guy chopped it down to the roots! Photo taken on November 24, 2020.
Passion Flower Vine November 24,
A Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar on our Passion Flower Vine, November 24, 2020.

Daniel, Lauren's big brother, holding his first Monarch Butterfly on April 1, 2020.


Me, caressing a Monarch caterpillar, photo taken by my daughter, Rita :) on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.


Smaller caterpillar on a milkweed leaf, dangling.

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Here I am releasing our first Long-tailed Skipper, September 19, 2018 - it is in flight to the right of my hand, and look at that blue between its wings!!!

Long Tailed Skipper 9.19.2018 No.2.jpg

My first Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly!!! September 4, 2018.

Spicebush Swallowtail fluttering away Se

Lauren's dad, Fernando, releasing his first Monarch Butterfly.  September 1, 2018.


Thanks Troi Davis, for taking such a great picture of this male Monarch Butterfly, it was so big!  Tuesday, August 15, 2018.

Me holding a male, Monarch Butterfly, re

My first Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar at 12 days old on August 4, 2018.  

Long-tailed Skipper right before it fluttered away, September 19, 2018.

Long Tailed Skipper ready for release 9.

Here is the male Monarch Butterfly we released on Tuesday, August 15, 2018 - up, up, up in the sky!!!

Monarch Butterly released Tuesday, Augus

Here I am, about to release a Gulf Fritillary that emerged today, Tuesday, August 7, 2018 :) 

Still can't believe it let me hold her/him!

Me and a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly right

Monarch Butterfly laying an egg at 1:40p.m. Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Black spicebush swallowtail caterpillar

Finally, our first Monarch this year :) Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Super excited to have witnessed this Spicebush Swallowtail egg being laid on a Camphor Laurel Tree leaf (Cinnamomum camphora), July 20, 2018.

Many thanks go out to fellow NABA members: Penny Stritch & Margy Stewart for helping me to identify this female Common Checkered Skipper :) Still need help figuring out what kind of plant it's on.  Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Spicebush Swallowtail with its shadow at 2 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2018. Looking for it's "host" plant!  This Camphor Laurel Tree is just months old, but we hope that it will grow to be 30ft tall like the one next door on the west side of our yard!

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly hanging out on some Mulberry Weed in the garden. Tuesday, June 12, 2018.  Thanks to fellow NABA member, Charles Allen in Louisiana, for helping me to identify this plant!

Black Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly on the Lantana. June 6, 2018.

I'd like to thank fellow NABA member, Ed Perry for helping me to correctly identify this little lady here as a Whirlabout Skipper on our Lantana! June 2018. 

Pearl Crescent Butterfly in our backyard on a white Dianthus flower - Monday, June 11, 2018

Whirlabout Skipper on the Lantana.  June 5, 2018.  Thanks to fellow NABA member,  Mike Rickard in Mission, TX for the correct identification of this little guy here!

This morning I am the proud guardian of 2 Monarch Butterflies!!! November 8, 2017.

WOW!!!  Our 2nd Monarch Butterfly emerged at 8:32a.m. Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

My first two Monarch Chrysalis' at 5 days old on Friday, November 3, 2017. 

October 20, 2017 - Four Gulf Fritillary caterpillars at 7 days old, munching on a Passion Flower vine leaf.

Thanks go out to fellow NABA members: Miriam Pickens & Sue Barnett for letting me know that this little guy was not a moth, but a type of "Dusky Wing Skipper Butterfly" on our green beans, taken July 31, 2017.

I don't know what type of moth this might be?  Watched it fly towards me and land on our back door at 5:20a.m. May 9, 2018.

Taken July 6, 2017 - Spicebush Swallowtail in Houston, Texas.

Thanks so much to fellow NABA member, Frank Model, for helping me to correctly identify some of my butterflies :)

Black Swallowtail Butterfly on our Night Blooming Jasmine.  June 24, 2018.

October 10, 2017 - Monarch Butterfly egg we witnessed being laid on our Milkweed at 3:30p.m. :) 

October 19, 2017, one of two Monarch caterpillars on a Milkweed branch at 5 days old.

Went outside to collect fresh Passion Flower vine leaves for my caterpillars and found this little guy munching away! October 24, 2017.

My "inside" Gulf Fritillary caterpillars at 2 weeks - October 26, 2017.

Found a "hitchhiker" caterpillar on the Milkweed branch I had already cut off - I always inspect the branch when walking inside looking for aphids, tiny spiders & any other pest that might be hanging out on the leaves.  October 25, 2017

Long-tailed Skipper taken July 13, 2017 in Houston, TX.

Monarch Butterfly taken on the milkweed, May 25, 2017 in Houston, TX.

October 24, 2017 Monarch caterpillars on a Milkweed branch at 10 days old. Bottom, right side caterpillar has just shed.

Long-tailed Skipper taken July 13, 2017 in Houston, TX.

Spicebush Swallowtail on a Camphor Laurel Tree in Houston, TX - taken May 23, 2017.

Giant Swallowtail in flight over our Male Naranjo Shrub - July 19, 2017.

Giant Swallowtail with part of it's lower right wing missing - stationary on our Male Naranjo Shrub - July 19, 2017.

*Correction* This tree is not a Black Gum, Tupelo Tree, after much research, I found that it is, in fact, a Camphor Laurel Tree (Cinnamomum camphora).  Two Spicebush Swallowtails hanging around the Camphor Laurel Tree on July 26, 2017, what a sight!!!

Monarch Butterfly on May 25, 2017.

Spicebush Swallowtail in flight! May 25, 2017.

Clouded Skipper Caterpillars on our green bean plant.  November 2017.

A large Monarch sipping on our Milkweed :) Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Many thanks go out to fellow NABA member, Ed Perry, for helping me and identifying these eggs & caterpillars as Clouded Skippers on our green bean plant.  We found about 6 caterpillars "hiding" yesterday, Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

Spicebush Swallowtail enjoying the Milkweed :) July 26, 2017.

Thanks go out to fellow NABA member, Jack Singleton, for helping me to identify this Female Monarch on our Milkweed - both pics taken August 2, 2017 after the rain.

Photos by Daniel Rocha, my nephew :) taken Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - I didn't think Monarchs would still be in Houston in August???  This was a real treat during a light rain!!!

Wow! Gulf Fritillary laying an egg! August 11, 2017.

Gulf Fritillary Butterfly laying eggs on our Passion Flower Vine - Friday, August 11, 2017.

Eggs - Two: one on each of the two tendrils pictured - laid by a Gulf Fritillary Butterfly on the Passion Flower vine! August 11, 2017.