Pipevine success!

trianglejohnJune 27, 2012

So I grow this odd low growing form of Aristolochia in the hopes that Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies will find it and lay eggs on it. True to form it took the adults about 3 years to find it in my new garden (same as it took in my old garden). The adults don't hang around for long but it is always nice to see them when they're here. Their caterpillars are kinda like creepy aliens from Mars - at least they are easy to see.

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ncrescue

Wow! Congratulations!

    Bookmark   June 27, 2012 at 7:57PM
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roberta_nc(Zone 7 NC)

Very cool!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 9:30PM
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trianglejohn

The problem with growing food for Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies is that they only eat leaves from Aristolochia vines, the most common of which is Dutchman's Pipe - vine that can take over a porch or arbor and be quite hard to keep under control. I don't remember the name of the pipevine variety I grow but it stays short - maybe 2 feet tall, has small yellow pipe shaped flowers, it is invasive but easy to yank out of wherever you don't want it growing. I got it in Sanford at B.B.'s (the garden center we are not allowed to mention by name here on GW).

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 12:44PM
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Tammy Kennedy

awesome- i'm jealous! they haven't found mine yet. if you have an overage, let me know...

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 7:07PM
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trianglejohn

T - they've all gone away, hopefully to pupate. Do you need some of this pipevine? or were you wanting to put them on your 'Calico vine' (or whatever that vine is called)? I like the way this vine stays small and out of the way.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 2:15PM
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Tammy Kennedy

i have the little one from bb's, and it's been in the ground for several years, but no cats. Same one you had at your other house that pops up here & there. Sigh. I do have the giant flowered one in a pot,but nothing on it, and i have the small, variegated native groundcover one, too. I bought a big guy at UNC bot garden but could never decide where to put it so it's still pot bound. I just thought i'd ask if you had too many - seems like oftentimes caterpillars can end up being too many of a good thing. If you ever do get in that situ, i'll take some off your hands. :)

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 11:24AM
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trianglejohn

The smart thing would be for me to notice when the adults are here and look for eggs laid on the leaves and snip a leaf and take it over to your plants. There's just something about the word 'smart'... you know what I mean?

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 6:14PM
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Tammy Kennedy

know EXACTLY what you mean, and i'm in the same boat, honey. :)

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 11:28AM
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trianglejohn

I saw another adult today!!!!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2012 at 2:44PM
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