Monday, August 23, 2010

A butterfly feast

We are very fortunate to have several fruit trees on our farm. But, as luck would have it, the most prolific fruit tree is our least favorite. Our pear trees flourish here and I promise we do nothing to encourage that growth. We don't spray our fruit trees and we still end up with a bumper crop. Much more than we can deal with.

Some are eaten, some are shared with friends, some are put on the food plots for the deer, and inevitably some end up on the ground. This year our never ending butterfly population has taken advantage of this.


I don't know where they all came from, but they are beautiful.



They were enjoying themselves.


They were also fairly oblivious to me and all four dogs hanging around.

This is much better than the hornet situation last year.



20 comments:

  1. Oh, I've never seen such a thing! Gorgeous!

    I love pears! Have you ever made pear preserves? So easy and delish!

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  2. I'll stop by your site again again to just hear Slowhand. Oh, the butterflies are nice to.

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  3. There are a lot of pear recipes out there that look yummy. Hornets? Yikes! Butterflies are much more farmer friendly!

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  4. just found your cute blog from "it's not that bad!"
    i too am a country girl, as of 8 months ago. what a change!

    love the pics!! i'm your newest follower:)

    have a great week!

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  5. We are seeing lots of butterfies, too. I like the little yellow ones that are drawn to the red humming bird vine or cypress vine.I have taken many pictures of them. They really show up good with the red flowers.

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  6. Pears? I thought those were figs but it doesn't matter as it's an awesome sight to see so many beautiful butterflies dining together.

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  7. Who would have know they would like pears....beautiful!

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  8. ! The butterflies really go for the pears! Better than a butterfly bush for photo ops, I think. :)

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  9. Those are beautiful butterflies...I have never seen that color before. We have a lot of yellow tail and monarchs here, but that's it. Our apple tree is the same...I do love the apples, but it produces way too much!

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  10. I have never seen butterflies together like that and so still. Didn't now they liked pears.
    I used to pick pear near here and can them. That was many years ago.

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  11. Linda - We get that way with the pears. We just get "peared out" We have three pear trees. Too many.

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  12. That is amazing. Beautiful photos.

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  13. ces photos sont très belles! Ces papillons ont quelque chose de magique!
    Bye...

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  14. these photos are very beautiful! These butterflies have something magical!
    Bye...

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  15. that is the most precious thing i've seen today! as a child i went to a butterfly garden in atlanta where they fed on bananas, but i never thought of pears being such a treat to them. makes perfect sense! i always know your blog is going to be a treat for my eyes! so glad i stopped by today. xoxo

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  16. Every year I say I'm planting milkweed and every year the spring and summer flies by w/out. Milkweed is the primary food source for Monarchs and I so love Monarchs.
    Your photos are lovely; save some pears for butter and jam, you'll love them when the snowballs fly.

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  17. yes, i'll take butterflies over hornets
    and day! i love your photo above,
    too!

    sweet place.

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  18. Oh wow! Pretty!
    And much better than hornets!!!

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  19. that is so neat! We have lots of butterflies, but they are not eating our fruit. I love pears. They make great pies (you can freeze them)and beautiful golden preserves.

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