Monday, June 30, 2014

Casa Mariposa



I don't know what it took me so long…I've vowed to do this every summer and haven't followed through until this fall when I started collecting native milkweed plants. The plant pictured above is not our native but a native to tropical Africa (Asclepias Curassavica) it's a pretty plant and it seems to be visited by a host of pollinators, it also grows redily in our climate but I'm always strongly on the side of planting native species, particularly if you are planting weeds being that some plants can easily escape their boundaries and become invasive, crowding out the things that should be growing then becoming a problem so you might want to do a little research. I think this one needs too much water to get a foothold but I will most likely just remove them when the season is over.



We all know by now, the Monarch Butterflies are in trouble and I'm not going to go into a Debbie Downer litany here, I'm only going to say, if you plant the weed, they will come…..



and you will enjoy visiting your own project,


and taking a count each day of how many hungry caterpillars are munching away and you may even glimpse the "King of butterflies" (though it will be the queen) flitting about, laying eggs for a new batch.

*Even if milkweed abounds in the ditches where you are, you might want to invite some to live close to you so you can keep watch at the lovely summer events taking place.


I started growing butterflies in my studio, I'm having a blast making them and a moth, a bit of silver entomology …… now just what to do with them……brooch, pendant, ring?


Many hours later, one pretty cuff with three insects to go..


Who know's what will be next?

Flitting in the wind, Ro

22 comments:

  1. good lord.
    those butterflies.
    new life, in nature and in silver.
    i'm coveting, here….

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you P.Fox, these are really fun, I'm having a great time with both projects!

      Delete
  2. Wow! You have a lot of caterpillars. Very cool :)
    And your silver butterflies are amazing!!! The cuff is beautiful, can't wait to see what you do with the others!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are a lot of caterpillars DJ, I think the birds and lizards may be getting some too, so I'm glad we have so many.
      Thank you on the silver, I'm having a blast!!!

      Delete
  3. Oh yeah, I'm coveting, too. Gorgeous, Ro—both Mother Nature's creations and yours. Cannot wait to see both with wings spread.
    xo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Ash "a coven of coveters", I appreciate it, I've kept at it, now I need to start finishing :)

      xoxo

      Delete
  4. oh nice Sweet Ro! just love it! I'm drooling over this bracelet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello there sweet friend! It was an incredible amount of work and time but I'm very happy with the result, thank you :)

      Delete
  5. Covet. The word of the day! Very interesting to read of your Monarch butterfly project. And such a treat to see your beautiful new bracelet! I hope you have fun with them....and enjoy the voodoo that you do in that studio! :-)
    xxxooo

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you Chickadee, the Monarchs are a fun project and the butterflies like it when the weather is hot so it gives me something to look forward to in the long months of summer. Ha! I love that voodoo line, it cracks me up :)

    Thank you on the butter cuff!!

    xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow! What a feeding frenzy. Can't wait to see those beauties transform... both live & metalicized!! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jeanne, it's taken a while but almost all my 10 milkweeds have been nearly stripped clean and my jewelry is now finished :)

      Delete
  8. Oh, how very, very lovely, Ro. I'll be participating in the official annual Vashon Butterfly/Dragonfly count this Saturday and your post definitely put me in the mood. There has yet to be any record of Monarch on the island, so it was wonderful to see pics of those distinctive larvae munching away. Good memories, for sure!

    I sure hope there's a ring still to be unveiled... I can totally see one of these lepidopteran beauties gracefully floating on some lucky finger.

    XO,
    Harsi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Harsi! What a nice surprise! I'm here solo while Eric is away trying like crazy to keep it all together, sorry for the delay. I think I would go batty trying to count dragons and butters, I chased a couple of giant swallowtails around my citrus yesterday…at least I think there were 2 :) It would be fun to try though. Those caterpillars of which there are MANY have really ravaged the milkweed, I hope they complete the cycle.

      One moth ring!

      xoxo

      Delete
  9. HARSI!!! Yay yay yay! (I love it when you write in!)

    How fun to picture you doing that on Saturday......and way to go, Ro! You never know what your blog puts readers in the mood for! ;-)
    XO

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope everybody is enjoying their own dragons and butters, it's been hot here so they, along with the swallows are VERY happy.

      Delete