Pear Tree Remants

A strong wind blew all night and all day.

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I had just picked up all the fallen branches out of this dead pear tree yesterday. Today’s wind broke off  branches, limbs and even one of the trunks.

This tree was one of my favorites because of all the butterflies the rotting pears attracted.

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Lichens growing on the tree attract my attention now. I decided to just enjoy and not try to identify them.

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The pears rotting and their attracting butterflies was one of the highlights of summer. All the butterflies above are hackberry butterflies, except the top one which is a question mark.

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Red spotted purple on the left and a viceroy on the right. Viceroys have an extra black band on their hindwing that the monarch lacks.


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Common buckeye

The pears also attracted bees, wasps, night flying moths and ants to name a few.

So, obviously, I miss the pear tree being alive.

Now that I’m starting to learn lichens, I hope the tree stands for many more years.


9 responses to this post.

  1. All that happening because of one tree!


    • The butterfly/insect activity was amazing when it was alive. The lichens are interesting. “Duh.” I should put rotting fruit and vegetables between the trunks.


  2. Sad to see the storm damage. The photos of the lichens and the butterflies are beautiful.


  3. I didn’t know that pears attracted insects. I got stung once by bees that were on the remains of a watermelon.
    I like that orangey brown lichen. I don’t know what it is.


    • Rotting pears and other fruits will attract “sap flow” butterflies plus lots other insects. I’ll start putting rotting fruit on the cistern so I can watch from the house. Old bananas, melon rinds, old grapes, etc are always hits if the butterflies are around. … I didn’t have any luck with the orange lichen either.


  4. The fruit will attract some birds too, orioles in particular. An expensive endeavor when you once got the fruit for free…but worth it in wildlife attraction.


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