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Updated: 01/22/2013 01:49:50PM

Winter butterfly magic —
caterpillars getting more respect

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PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BILL DUNSON

This zebra butterfly sips nectar from a native privet which has tiny but numerous flowers that are highly attractive to butterflies and other insects.

Great southern white butterfly nectars on Jamaican porterweed.

Cloudless Sulphur butterfly at Wildflower Preserve

Mangrove buckeye butterfly in blue crab habitat.

Common buckeye butterfly at Tippecanoe II.

White peacock butterfly nectaring on Spanish needles at Wildflower Preserve.

Bill Dunson

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Views on gardening are changing, and one sign is that many people brag about how many caterpillars they have on plants specifically grown to attract butterfly reproduction.

Despite the fact that caterpillars may eat a prized plant, who can fail to enjoy butterflies?

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