Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Gray Water & Pushing the Limits

Jul 26, 2015

Karol_Franks_Huntington_Bird-600x400Hint: These little guys flap their wings 50 times per second, which also allows them to fly backwards at “speeds exceeding 34mph.”

Answer: Hummingbirds.

Allen’s hummingbird, Anna’s hummingbird, Antillean mango, Black jacobin, Frilled coquette, Sooty barbthroat, and Mexican hermit are the few binomial names of the 325-350 species of hummingbirds.

Hint: They can’t fly in the cold, they drink from mud puddles, and they taste with their feet.

Answer: Butterflies.

Butterflies are cold-blooded animals and as such can’t regulate their own body temperature and if air temperatures fall below 55ºF, they are “rendered immobile,” grounded until temperatures rise. They can bask in some sun and also shiver to “warm up their flight muscles.” Nectar morning, noon, and night does not a diet make, so to intake the necessary amount of minerals, butterflies drink from mud puddles, known to be full of minerals and salts. Finally, butterflies have taste receptors on their feet, which help them find a host plant and locate food.

On Saturday, August 1st, learn about water-wise plants that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden at Armstrong Garden Center. Time: 9 a.m. Location: 352 Glenarm St., Pasadena. For more info, call 1.626.799.7139 or visit Free event.


Dirce Beauty Colobura by Richard Bartz

Dirce Beauty Colobura by Richard Bartz






Jill Shook and Anthony Manousos present “Living Sustainability and Abundantly” at the Arroyo Food Co-op on Saturday, August 1st. Using solar power, gray water, and drip systems, they will reveal how to “reduce water use by 50%” and reduce one’s “carbon footprint by 80+% and still grown abundant fruits and vegetables organically.” Time: 2 p.m. Location: Arroyo Food Co-op, 494 N. Wilson Ave., Pasadena 91106. For more info, visit Free event.








Jose Ramirez is a city boy. A man of East Los Angeles. A man on a mission.

And he has an orchard in his backyard. An urban backyard orchard.

On Saturday, August 1st, Ramirez will discuss and present a slide show, “which reflects a fusion of his family heritage and contemporary ideas about high density urban backyard orchards.”

Pushing the Limits of Urban Gardening
Saturday, August 1st, 10:30 a.m.
Hill Avenue Public Library, 55 S. Hill Ave., Pasadena
Free event
For more info, call 1.626.744.7264
Or visit






Photo, top right, hummingbird by Karol Franks of Karol Franks Photography.

Photo, butterfly, by Richard Bartz (Own work) [CC BY-SA 2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, Jill Shook and Anthony Manousos, found at

Photo, organic vegetables, by Elina Mark (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

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Flintridge Books

Lyd and Mo Photography

Louis Jane Studios

Homage Pasadena