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RE: Jatropha & butterfly

Butterflies are more species demanding than any other insect or bird. To
have a certain butterfly, you just need their host plant and they will


> We generally have the front door to house open. There's a storm door
> keep the cool in and the heat and pests out. There's a tall--6 feet or
> so--Jatropha multifida a couple of steps beyond the storm door. At the
> tiptop of the Jatropha, there is a bloom spike with a dozen or so very
> small, nondescript flowers. For the last 2 days, one or more zebra
> butterflies have visited this bloom spike every 10 minutes or so. It
> must produce gallons of nectar, although pollen is also part of the
> zebra's diet. Turns out these butterflies prefer heliconias above all
> else, but since we have no heliconias yet [lobster claw on order] they
> have to settle for Jatrophas, of which we have many.
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W

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