Monday, July 27, 2009

Seen on Friday's Walk

Spanish Bayonet

Spanish bayonet, Yucca aloifolia in the Agavaceae family. Also known as a dagger plant. This one grows between home and the post office and was joined by a second Spanish bayonet that had toppled over (part of the plant's life cycle).

Here are the flowers, close up:

Spanish Bayonet Flowers
Large view

And the fallen plant:

Fallen Spanish Bayonet
Large view

According to (, Spanish bayonet grows 5-20 feet tall before it becomes top-heavy and topples over. Its offshoots develop new plants.

At home I spotted a Giant Swallowtail enjoying our lantanas. I have yet to manage a crisp shot of one of these, and Friday was no exception. Those beauties are fast on the wing.

Giant Swallowtail on Lantana

Papilio cresphontes, Family Papilionidae. This is the largest butterfly in the United States and Canada, with a wingspan ranging up to 140mm (5-1/2 inches). Ranges across Central America, Mexico, and across southern United States, northeastern US, and southern Ontario; strays north rarely to Nova Scotia, Quebec, Manitoba, and North Dakota, according to

Cover for Deviations: Covenant, Second EditionCover for Deviations: Appetite

Vol. 1, Deviations: Covenant (2nd Ed.)
Vol. 2, Deviations: Appetite
Free downloads of both volumes here.

Go to to access Covenant and Appetite in even more formats!

Creative Commons License

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

[end of entry]


Post a Comment

<< Home