swallowtail butterfly is a frequent visitor to Mississippi gardens, and its unparalleled beauty is worthy of the recognition given by the schoolchildren of Mississippi.
Planted Caesalpiniaceae redbud 2300 Cornaceae silky dogwood 2000 Cornaceae flowering dogwood 2300 Cornaceae gray dogwood 2300 Cornaceae black gum 7000 Fagaceae white oak 20900 Fagaceae shingle oak 4600 Fagaceae bur oak 10000 Fagaceae swamp chestnut oak 4500 Fagaceae pin oak 10000 Hamamelidaceae sweetgum 20000 Juglandaceae pecan 10000 Juglandaceae black walnut 10000 Lauraceae spicebush
2300 Oleaceae green ash 10000 Plantanaceae sycamore 13000 Rosaceae Washington hawthorne 2300 Rosaceae ninebark 700 Rubiaceae buttonbush 1900 Total trees planted 136100
Such a fracturing of information, interrupted by playful asides and by tidbits including an explanation of the pic's title (Mississippi's state butterfly is the Spicebush
Swallowtail), will annoy viewers accustomed to a standard doc format--and it may seem this particular subject isn't suited to a deconstructionist style.
Plant Virginia creeper, spicebush
, elderberry, blackberry and dogwood to supplement insect diet.
The understory plants that suck on this soft green-and-gold glow are as specialized and beautiful as jewels: spicebush
and papaw, strawberry bush, water elm, dwarf palmetto, ironwood and switch cane; holly, green ash, and swamp chestnut.
These included such hardy species as red chokeberry, buttonbush, spicebush
and red twig dogwood.
Shrubs: viburnums, high-bush cranberry, elderberry, spicebush
, chokeberry or chokecherries, serviceberry, coralberry, hawthorns, wild rose, sassafras, inkberry (winterberry).
Larval adaptation to Lauraceae hosts: geographic divergence in the spicebush
(miniature flowers with a pleasant fragrance)
Larval adaptation to lauraceous hosts: geographic divergence in the spicebush
The butterflies available are gulf fritillary, monarch, painted lady, pipevine swallowtail, question mark, red admiral, spicebush
swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, and zebra long wing.
Shrubs are the dominant life-form in agricultural, lower sections with spicebush
(Lindera benzoin) and willow (Salix sericea) the most abundant.