I planted my Coontie 2 years ago and FINALLY got my wish!
A few more pics!
Congrats! Are you in Florida?
I had to read up on Atalas and it said they were once thought to be extinct. It's great that you're planting Coontie and raising them.
I also read that the caterpillars tend to be cannibalistic. Thought I'd warn you in case you didn't know that already.
That's great!!! They are so beautiful!
Here is an article that I just read! Glad to see you are helping them as well!
Here is a link that might be useful: Atala Butterflies Come Back
Yes I am in Stuart, FL and I was so thrilled when I spotted my first Atala fluttering around my Coontie after planting them two years ago! 5 of the cats survived to be beautiful butterflies. Thanks Christie I did not no they were cannibalistic! I thought it might have been the Great Crested Flycatchers that were hanging around. I did not want to intervene not wanting to disturb them but if I am lucky enough to get them again I may try to use my hubbys soft bait well. It looks like an oversized cat hut! Thanks for the link Lila! Had a beautiful Zebra Longwing laying a mess of eggs on my Passionvine this week as well! I am so in awe of nature!!!
Brand new wings!
Gasp! How fantastic! They're beyond gorgeous!
Thank you SO much for planting for them!