Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?

Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas? was the title of a paper by Ed Lorenz who fifty years ago discovered the variability caused by something as slight as the movement of a butterfly’s wings halfway around the world.

A Spicebush Swallowtail  butterfly nectars on Pentas.
I read a number of science project papers by students who studied various aspects of butterfly life as affected by heat. They don’t seem to mind the heat here at all, but I did find a Cabbage Looper (white with black spots) and a Dogface Sulphur (dark yellow with black edges) puddling on the cool damp floor of the greenhouse today.
Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on Duranta.
When I stepped back to get a broader view of Duranta, the Tiger
took off upwards. The pink is Crape Myrtle behind. Crape Myrtle is not
used as a nectar plant, but having more color in the garden seems to
attract more butterflies to the nectar plants.
Pipevine Swallowtail on Duranta.

I’m hopeful that utterflies’ flapping wings somewhere will bring us more rain. We had a couple days of cloudy weather and a few rain showers for which we are grateful. We could use a lot more rain and cooler days.

Gulf Frits are now evenly distributed between Duranta and
another favorite, Tithonia. As Tithonia gets rattier looking and
Duranta comes into more blooms, they seek the better nectar.
Every year I add more pics of the same kinds of butterflies and flowers and vow to stop doing so. When I go out to do garden chores, it’s just so easy to slip a small camera in my pocket just in case. They never fail to show up and look pretty.
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1 Comment

  1. You have such beautifull !!!! butterflies where you live !! Ours are much smaller and not so colourfull but I like them none the less, I plant all sorts of plants and bushes to attract them.

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