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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2010
7:44 PM

Post #8064449

Time again for a new thread...we came from here

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1121944/

Hard to believe but butterfly season is almost over for us folks up north here. Time just seemed to fly by so fast this summer.

Male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail...We have had so many EST this year! I don't recall ever seeing as many as I did this summer. There always seems to be one out in the flower bed.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2010
7:47 PM

Post #8064457

I just love Cabbage Whites on Ironweed!!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2010
7:49 PM

Post #8064458

Male BST...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2010
7:49 PM

Post #8064461

BST & EST!!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2010
7:51 PM

Post #8064463

Gray Hairstreak on a new sedum plant I bought recently.

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hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2010
4:44 AM

Post #8064876

Thanks for the plastic tote idea Nanny.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2010
5:12 AM

Post #8064902

We bought these butterfly cages...they weren't too expensive, and are washable. From Cat...to Eclose, they've worked great for us. Sometimes I just put a potted plant in the bottom, and let them eat that, then replace it. When not in use they "fold up" and can be easily stored.

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mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2010
5:14 AM

Post #8064907

We also have smaller "cages" we made from plastic containers. Cut a square in the top and hot glue fine mess screen. Again easy to clean and store.

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hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 27, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #8064931

Very nice mjsponies!!!

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2010
6:45 AM

Post #8065042

if you want something pre-made like the first one I showed, just do a google search of 'butterfly cages"...you'll get every size shape imaginable...and lots of idea's for making your own as well as the links in the resource threads.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2010
9:52 AM

Post #8065335

Thanks nanny for starting a new thread...loved the pair of buckeyes on the previous one. Those thistles are popular nectar spots.
mjs...always nice to see someone protecting the flutterbys.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2010
1:34 PM

Post #8065631

Giant Swallowtail from below

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mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2010
1:35 PM

Post #8065634

He carries his straw with him !

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2010
5:39 PM

Post #8066027

((smile))

nice pictures mjs.


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EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #8066048

mj.. I just love that straw picture. You need to enter that in the photo contest!!!
I haven't done any rescuing this year, but have tons of Gulf Frits, Yellow Sulphurs, ETS, and Black Swallowtails.
I saw a Monarch last evening,,, I'm sure it was. I ran to get my camera and don't you know when I went back, he was gone.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2010
6:13 PM

Post #8066100

EFGeorgia1,
If you knew how many times I've run to get my camera only to have the shot "long gone" it would bowl you over. I don't carry my camera on me, and have missed some amazing shots because of it. So now I make sure it's charged and not full ( which I've been spending the last several Hours ! saving/deleting photo's to make sure I have room for more. I just wish I could get some really good hummer shots', but don't have the time to "sit", and wait, which is what you have to do with the hummer's. Rapid fire sequence shot's and a good eye for focus is a key. I keep learning, and a "pro" photographer who came out to the farm to do a shoot gave me some excellent tips to getting the most I could from the camera that I have...which isn't much. You can do quite a lot with an average digital camera, and knowing how to use it, Which I still have a lot to learn. I've done a lot of photography for 20+ years, and am still learning, as technology develops. It's amazing what you can do now with a little cheap camera, that you could only do with fancy lens's and editing even 5-15 years ago. Just mess around with the camera you have and you may be surprised. !

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

August 28, 2010
8:44 AM

Post #8066925

I don't have any butterfly shots but if I don't post I don't get updates and miss the pictures. Here is however a picture of the garden filling up nicely.

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

August 28, 2010
5:26 PM

Post #8067612

Looking good Roly! You're sure to have plenty of butterflies soon enough.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #8067800

My Common Buckeye eclosed today and was released!!

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 28, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #8067835

I like to take advantage of break time when weeding to wait for hummingbirds. It doesn't usually take long. And you know what? If I can take a picture that comes out half way decent with my camera, then anyone can take a picture. Really. I'm known for my bad pictures...lol... ;)

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 28, 2010
8:39 PM

Post #8067921

Well it is late, but if I don't post now, another day will be gone...
Sugarfoot brought me bordered patch caterpillars to raise a week or two ago. They immediately went to chrysalis the next day. This morning two of the four had emerged and I took this one as one was getting ready to take flight.

I love their bold pattern.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 28, 2010
8:42 PM

Post #8067926

I have one pupa left that is in good shape...you can see it in the picture. However if you open the photo, the one on the left did not form properly and has a dark coloring.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 28, 2010
8:47 PM

Post #8067940

...As I opened the cage to release the two eclosed bfs, I realized why. Down in the bottom of the cage was a large pupa. It grew inside of the cat and then emerged when it began the metamorphosis. This is why I bring in the cats as early as possible, so they don't get eggs deposited in them by parasites.
I placed the chrysalis beside it to give perspective.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
12:35 PM

Post #8068865

Nice hummer shot Terry!

The Border Patch is so pretty!! Sorry they didn't all develope but thanks for showing the difference & the problem.


Hard to see but there are 7 EST in this shot!! This is out by the road right across from my house. My elderly neighbor saw them and came to the door & told to grab my camera & get out there!! lol

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
12:36 PM

Post #8068867

8 Butterflies total in this one!!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 29, 2010
1:08 PM

Post #8068916

I may have to allow a little thistle in my wild bed this year! NIce!
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 29, 2010
7:18 PM

Post #8069651

Me too on the thistles. Pretty butterflies all.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
10:14 PM

Post #8069839

Sunflower and Sulphur

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
10:16 PM

Post #8069842

Eastern Tailed Blues not singing the blues.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
10:18 PM

Post #8069843

Hummer

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
10:20 PM

Post #8069844

4 Buckeyes

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2010
10:23 PM

Post #8069847

Common Sooty Wing

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
4:51 AM

Post #8069973

Wow, look a all you guys go.

Nice hummers Terry and Jack! Nanny, can't believe all those ESTs. I've never seen a sooty wing.


I missed this new thread. Been kinda slow here this week. Not sure if it's the wind or what. I tell you, I really miss not having the Zinnias this year. I only have a couple small ones. And I lost one of my big tithonias. Fell over and broke! don't know if a squirrel or other critter was involved.

I feel so bad too because I didn't get the swallowtails on the fennel moved in in time. I was out of town and was going to take them in on Saturday when i got home. They were all gone. I suspect a chickadee because I saw one checking that plant out later. Darn. Not a good year for me!


frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
5:01 AM

Post #8069980

Beautiful Bordered Patch Sheila, I just love them.

I have yet to raise a Buckeye even though I have the larval plants, sure wish they would come by here.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
5:32 AM

Post #8070146

Sugarfoot brought me a pot of cowpen daisies to try here. Josephine, if I plant them now in semi shade would they make it through the winter? Or should I keep them potted so I can bring them in?

Love that sulphur on the sunflowers...almost stealth! What is the plant that the buckeyes are all over?

Missed your posts Marna, glad you are back...ss about the BSTs. The wasps are my main insect attacking the cats here this year I think. I was trimming the neighbor's privet legustrum where it was hanging over my fence yesterday from atop a ladder. I clipped a limb and it fell, only to be staring at a paperwasp nest two foot from my face! Needless to say I got off that ladder quickly. I didn't realize they made nests in bushes like that.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2010
5:45 AM

Post #8070160

Shelia, the Buckeyes are hanging out in a patch of some kind of mint.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
5:47 AM

Post #8070163

Mint has a redeeming quality...at last!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
5:47 AM

Post #8070164

whoa. that was a close call Shelia!

The cardinals were my first "birds of interest", but when I saw that little chickadee checking out the fennel, he became the the chief suspect! LOL. ah well. two lessons learned this year.

Is anyone ever finding cats on sunflowers? I have all kinds of holes there, but never find any cats.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
5:52 AM

Post #8070178

Sheila, are you saying that you didn't have Cowpen Daisies?
I think that if you plant them now they will probably make seed and come up in the spring for you.
They are annuals and I don't think that carrying them through the winter would help much, but I have never tried it, so it might be worth it as an experiment.

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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
5:56 AM

Post #8070182

Mrs Ed, many butterflies lay eggs on the sunflowers but it seems that they get gobbled up by ants, birds or who knows what, as soon or shortly after they are laid.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
7:36 AM

Post #8070355

Sunflowers are host plants, but like Josephine, I haven't ever seen the cats. Mine is usually full of aphids, ants, and leafhoppers.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
8:03 AM

Post #8070400

Never see anything on them but big holes. And of course, birds eating the seeds.

terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
9:08 AM

Post #8070520

I had an Eastern Tailed Blue-----thought it was a really small Gray Hairstreak, but I was corrected ;-p


couldn't figure out how to get the date and time off my camera..lol..

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #8071418

Nice Blue Terry. They are sure hard to catch sitting still!

Here's a Black Swallowtail.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 30, 2010
6:02 PM

Post #8071420

And a sulphur.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #8071491

It was pleasant outside today but a bit windy. I went out front with the camera when DH told me he spotted a BST, but it was a GST that wouldn't stop for pictures...
But in the backyard I finally got this one on the penta.

Nice Blue Terry...Marna I love those flowers! Great shots too.



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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:33 PM

Post #8071494

Gulf Frit was resting on some Frostweed waiting for sun no doubt. It was a bit overcast at that time.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:35 PM

Post #8071498

I had the last of my Border Patch eclosed this morning and it was off in no time. I spotted it later resting on some Mistflower.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:38 PM

Post #8071503

However close by was a quick pair of eyes ... I made the BP take flight saving it for another day.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #8071514

DH alerted me to another black bf out front so I caught this one on the rather tattered phlox. They have bloomed non-stop for two months or more.

I found this dark form Tiger ST. I took a lot of shots since the wind had picked up not knowing if I would get a clear one. In this shot the wind had blown it over on it's side.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:45 PM

Post #8071519

The tiger stripes are clearly visiable in this shot.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:47 PM

Post #8071523

I got a shot of a very crisp new male Queen nectaring on the WTx Mistflower.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:49 PM

Post #8071530

Last one... in the backyard later I spotted the little BP again safely away from danger.

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DeeS
Ladoga, IN
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2010
6:52 PM

Post #8071543

I'm new to this forum, but I got a great pic today,(black swallowtail and hummer) and what better place to share than here.Beautiful pics everyone!
Dee

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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
6:53 PM

Post #8071551

Those are great pictures Sheila, our Phlox at the fielder garden started blooming early June and it is still going, it is amazing.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
8:25 PM

Post #8071823

Thanks Josephine! Can't believe it does so well being in the full TX heat we have had this summer. But the water bills do show how! LOL!

Welcome to you Dee...Lovely picture for sure. Hope you will post again, glad you joined in. I see you aren't new to DG.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2010
9:47 PM

Post #8071942

Hummingbird Moth

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2010
9:48 PM

Post #8071944

another pic

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 30, 2010
10:05 PM

Post #8071958

Both great shots but really love the first one!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2010
6:14 AM

Post #8072269

Nice catch Jack and Dee (welcome)

Shelia, I'm so jealous of you border patch and Giant Swallowtail. I haven't had a Giant in the yard since 2008!

Thank goodness for those tithonias, I tell you!!! My garden is a mess this year and they are the only thing drawing in the butterflies. I probably say this every time I post! LOL. much needed rain is supposed to be here today, so probably no pix.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 31, 2010
6:40 AM

Post #8072321

The GSTs and Tigers have been very prolific down this way this year. This is my first year of seeing the dark form though.
I am pretty concerned about the Monarchs this year...anyone have a lot up there??

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2010
7:53 AM

Post #8072437

Very nice shots!!

I have been very surprised at the number of EST here this year...don't recall ever seeing this many! I have only seen 1 GST this year which is a little unusual.

We are hoping for rain too this week...We only have had less than a half inch the month of August. I have done minimal watering. Just enouhg to keep things alive, since we are on a well.

Well, I have managed to confuse myself again(not that it takes much!)so I am not sure which this is! lol

Maybe a Spicebush...

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mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2010
10:08 AM

Post #8072681

Super Shot Dee !
What's the plant? Hummer sure seems to think that's a great place to perch.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2010
3:56 PM

Post #8073314

Great Spangled Fritillary on Saturday!!

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deejay9

deejay9
(susie) Hastings, MI
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2010
5:24 PM

Post #8073455

CAN ANYONE ID THIS BUTTERFLY ??
HE OR IT IS LOVELY BUT HARD TO GET PICTURE OF IT ANY CLOSER THEN THIS

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 31, 2010
5:40 PM

Post #8073487

Yay Nanny.

DJ, looks like it was probably a monarch.

Shelia, I do not have the good numbers of monarchs I had last year, but it has not been terrible either. Let's hope the Texas population has lots of success!

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2010
6:41 PM

Post #8073630

Long Tailed Skipper

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 2, 2010
12:55 PM

Post #8076742

It's been quiet here for a couple of days, so I thought I'd post a photo. This male Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) was basking after our morning rain (which was very needed!).
Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
12:58 PM

Post #8076746

Beautiful both of you!

Quiet here too, but my one and only Black Swallowtail was successfully released today.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2010
3:56 PM

Post #8077049

Eastern Tailed Blue - male - (rare, at least for me, dorsal wing view)

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2010
4:22 PM

Post #8077097

Beautiful!!
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
4:34 PM

Post #8077121

Rainy this morning, windy all day. I went out with my pups after their breakfast, and finally. I've been visited by these little buggers as of late, but either I don't have my camera or I run to get said camera and they're gone by the time I return. I usually have these guys all summer long, but for some reason, not this year. Finally today, this one stayed around long enough, and hung on long enough, for me to get some pictures.

Here s/he is, hanging on for dear life on my Cephalanthus occidentalis (buttonbush).

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #8077144

Finally, tired of being whipped around on the darn Cephalanthus occidentalis, s/he finally swooped around and landed in the middle of my mini prairie. It has recently had a lot of Silphium perfoliatum (cupplant) removed, then the rain flopped over the Rudbeckia triloba (brown eyed susan), so in the middle is a nice low spot to land. I think it's on Helianthus silphioides (rosinweed), but I planted so many different Helianthus, I'm not sure which is which!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 2, 2010
5:20 PM

Post #8077193

oh that's beautiful Jack!

Nice Terry! I haven' thad very many Tigers this year. That's a male (no blue on it).

Congrats on the rain too, i know we needed it.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 2, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #8077240

terryr,
Nice Tiger, they are just "one" of my favorites...and the more beautiful pic's we have of them the better in my book !

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 2, 2010
9:58 PM

Post #8077629

Love those pipevine Dale...hopefully I will get the fimbriata growing more by next year. I had a female trolling but couldn't find my wee little plants. Glad she didn't the way the cats eat.
Pretty little Blue, congrats on capturing the moment.
Nice TSTs, got to love them.
We had the front door open enjoying the sunshine when it came out after the rain today. I caught site of a sulphur so got the camera. It was hungry after the rain I guess, didn't pay much attention to me. It was very busy on the Black & Blue Salvia or what's left after the heat wave. I got several good shots I think.

Male, Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) Dale?

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 3, 2010
5:14 AM

Post #8077801

Yes, indeed, Sheila. I've had quite the explosion of Cloudless Sulphurs here in the past couple of weeks. Always two or three (or five) flitting around the yard. I keep hoping for Orange-Barred or White Angled Sulphur, but so far only Cloudless. Had a Large Orange Sulphur in the yard earlier in the week.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2010
9:06 AM

Post #8078210

I thought it was a he, but I'm usually wrong.

Mrs_Ed, do you know if we have Spicebush Swallowtails around this area? I have 5 spicebush planted for them, and my husband and I thought we saw 2 of them. They didn't look like Black Swallowtails, they looked like Spicebush Swallowtails. They were another that by the time I got the camera they were gone.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 3, 2010
10:32 AM

Post #8078328

I'm not sure Terry, the BOMA sites show it skirting our area… Kauffmans also shows us on the edge. So it could be. If they were laying eggs, then for sure they are!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2010
1:20 PM

Post #8078581

Thanks Dale.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2010
1:21 PM

Post #8078584

I am driving down in the Hill Country this next week and hope to see some bfs. But I will be with my Sister who isn't really an outdoor person so doubt I see too many! LOL!

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 3, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #8079170

UUUUGH, no offense to your sister, but that would be torture to me...I hope you have a "recoverable" weekend !
I have a D'DIL that drive'a me crazy, as she is very much a "Barbie Doll"...errrrrr, got my grandson so whipped that he doesn't even like to go outside and get his toes dirty !

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2010
7:07 PM

Post #8079182

Well surprise, surprise! I talked my sister into doing the zip line at Marble Falls with me!!! May be hope for her yet...LOL! Our DHs are jealous for sure. We may have to go back someday and do it with them.

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 3, 2010
7:22 PM

Post #8079201

Well, I truly hope you have FUN !!!!! Goodness knows we all need that once in a while !

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2010
7:30 PM

Post #8079211

At 63 I guess you could say it is an item on my bucket list!
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 3, 2010
8:01 PM

Post #8079240

That sounds like a blast, Sheila. I'm hoping to head down to the Texas Hill Country this coming week as well -- a quick one day trip to a native plant nursery in Kerrville. It's a small little nursery but they've got some unusual plants...and lots of spicebush, which I use to raise Spicebush Swallowtails. Had a female in the yard last week, an uncommon visitor to Dallas County, as they are usually further east. Got some eggs and now need to stock up on some host plant.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2010
8:39 PM

Post #8079275

We have one Spicebush at the Fielder house garden and we are hoping they will show up over there for us too, who knows? it could happen, right?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 4, 2010
4:59 AM

Post #8079631

Especially if Dale is raising them...he just might have some escapees that venture our way!
I might have to check into the nursery before heading home. Is it the one on Medina Hwy or Jefferson St that are listed in Go Gardening?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2010
5:36 AM

Post #8079671

Oh Shelia, you are so funny. I"m thinking that you were going to say that your sister agreed to butterfly watch and instead you say you are ziplining!!!
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 4, 2010
6:12 AM

Post #8079714

Well, all things are possible, but I wouldn't count on it. Best to plant for what is probable in the area...but you never know. A stray could make it over there. Mine will be used for breeding stock for next years business. As a kid I used to find Spicebush Swallowtails in Dallas much more common -- several every year, but now they are quite uncommon...and even more so the further west you go.

The nursery I'll be going to is Natives of Texas on Medina Hwy, I think. Great little nursery. Maybe I'll see you there, Sheila! Wouldn't that be a hoot.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 4, 2010
6:48 AM

Post #8079768

Well, you can always hope and be prepared just in case.
I wish I could go to that nursery too, and I hope the two of you run into each other over there.

Sheila, if they have Aristolochia tomemtosa would you pick up one for me? I have a small one at home but I need one for the fielder garden, I will pay you later.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:46 PM

Post #8080219

Butterfly Holiday yesterday. Counted 17 different species in the garden. Eastern Tailed Blue and Pearl Crescent-

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:47 PM

Post #8080221

Silver Spotted Skipper

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:48 PM

Post #8080223

Buckeye

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:50 PM

Post #8080224

Summer Azure

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:52 PM

Post #8080227

Cabbage White

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #8080230

Comma

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 4, 2010
12:57 PM

Post #8080233

Snout

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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 4, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #8080274

Great pictures and so much variety!!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 4, 2010
4:55 PM

Post #8080577

Wow, look at that stout!
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 4, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #8080693

This Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis), although common, was new for my yard on Friday. He brings my species total for the yard up to 103.
Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 4, 2010
6:35 PM

Post #8080701

Wow! 103! that is a lot of butterflies, Congratulations Dale!!!
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 4, 2010
8:20 PM

Post #8080860

WOW that's a LOT of butterflies. I haven't seen any checkerspots this year,,,yet.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 5, 2010
12:03 PM

Post #8081746

Whoops! My mistake. Just checked my list -- species #102. I'm just getting ahead of myself a bit...

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2010
1:14 PM

Post #8081815

haha. Well that's still great. I think mine is around 16 or so. :(


jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2010
1:41 PM

Post #8081856

that is amazing, my list has 20
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2010
2:07 PM

Post #8081889

I have a new to my yard visitor. But I don't know what he is because I'm so bad at ID'ing. What is he? Or she?

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2010
2:23 PM

Post #8081907

I'll take a stab. Meadow Fritillary.
http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species?l=1694
It's not listed for Bureau County, but 3/4's of what I have in the yard isn't listed for Bureau County.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2010
6:51 PM

Post #8082332

Yep, Meadow Fritillary. Yah, that BAMO site is not dependable as much as one would hope. They didn't even list Monarchs in our area. well I won't go into that again…

those little Meadow Frits are one of my favorites this year.
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 5, 2010
7:40 PM

Post #8082433

My favorites are the one that I'm taking a picture of! ...lol...

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 5, 2010
10:17 PM

Post #8082755

Isn't that true. I think all of us would agree.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2010
11:45 PM

Post #8082794

Monarch on dahlia

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2010
11:46 PM

Post #8082795

Sulphur on sunflower

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2010
11:48 PM

Post #8082796

Hairstreak

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2010
11:50 PM

Post #8082798

couple of Buckeyes

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2010
6:10 AM

Post #8082966

I adore them all, but the MFs are new to the garden this year, so I enjoy their presence and behavior.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 6, 2010
6:15 AM

Post #8082976

nice shots j!
I am off in the hill country this weekend with my sister and she is more in to shopping than gardening etc. Not seeing many bfs in the stores, LOL! We did do a zip line yesterday near Marble Falls and I saw TSTs and Pipevine. I noticed a few Monarchs or Queens on my way down. My DH is stuck with the dogs at home, probably seeing more bfs than me!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 6, 2010
6:19 AM

Post #8082978

Oh, enjoy!!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 6, 2010
6:30 AM

Post #8082994

Thanks .,...it has been a blast so far.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 6, 2010
11:55 AM

Post #8083653

You are such a wild woman Sheila!!!! ha ha ha

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 6, 2010
5:58 PM

Post #8084409

Like DS said this it was something on our bucket list. LOL!

Want to see pics go bto fb.

This message was edited Sep 6, 2010 7:00 PM
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2010
6:41 AM

Post #8085055

HBM

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2010
9:27 AM

Post #8085358

I had 3 monarchs make it to the chrsyalis stage. The first opened but the BF never emerged from the chrysalis. The second one eclosed today but the wings were very deformed. I have one more left. I am not very hopeful that it will be successful. I will not be trying monarchs again.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2010
9:52 AM

Post #8085400

sounds like the OE! Since I discovered that you can see them on the caterpillar, i'm a bit more comfortable raising them

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2010
12:39 PM

Post #8085641

I am sure it was/is OE...I just feel I missed what I should have been looking for.

This one little single Duskywing among many many buckeyes and Silver Spotted Skippers, and other little skippers! The Sedum has just been covered in the late afternoon/early evenings!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2010
12:42 PM

Post #8085643

Bright spot today...Giant Swallowtail!! :)

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Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 7, 2010
2:20 PM

Post #8085781

All of your AMAZING pictures make me wish I was at home watching my plants!! I had a couple of Spicebush Swallowtails on my Lantana this weekend.

Carla

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pestee42
Molino, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 7, 2010
4:19 PM

Post #8085951

I had a tiger swallowtail, female black form, posing today.

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 7, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #8086178

Sweet dark form Tiger!!! We don't get those down here.

Had a wee Lantana Hairstreak this past weekend. Uncommon for us. Considering they use lantana as a larval host and the ranch has hundreds of lantana plants growing wild you'd think we'd see more than just one Lantana Hairstreak. Go figure!

~ Cat

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 7, 2010
6:51 PM

Post #8086256

That dark form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is so neat. So I went on a search, because, you know, I want one ;) I found this site
http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_tiger_swallowtail.htm
Now I knew they used Prunus serotina (black cherry, wild cherry) as a host, but I didn't know they used Lindera benzoin (spicebush) too!
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 7, 2010
8:29 PM

Post #8086422

Loonie1, you're Spicebush Swallowtail in the photo is a dark form female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They are somewhat larger than Spicebush, which would be a bit uncommon for Rowlett (although not impossible).

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2010
2:10 AM

Post #8086589

American Snout -

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2010
2:12 AM

Post #8086590

2 Summer Azure

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2010
2:14 AM

Post #8086591

Snout and Sooty

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2010
5:48 AM

Post #8086766

I want an american snout!!!!

nice everyone

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 8, 2010
6:18 AM

Post #8086801

Mrs_Ed - come to south Texas during the Great Snout Migration - you'll get millions!!!
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 8, 2010
7:02 AM

Post #8086898

Well besides the Monarchs. Julias and Gulf Fritillaries I'm noticing these guys here more and more. I know what it is but see if you guys can figure it out. If not I'll post later.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2010
7:37 AM

Post #8086961

Ha Cat!!! i'd LOVE to come down for that!

Roly maybe a Cassius Blue? Cute.
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 8, 2010
7:52 AM

Post #8086989

You got it right Mrs_Ed. It is indeed a Cassius Blue and I was soo excited that I could get right on it's face with the camera. It's soo small and it didn't get spooked.
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2010
4:15 PM

Post #8087861

I have a feeling this isn't a butterfly, but a moth. Does anyone know what it is?

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 8, 2010
4:17 PM

Post #8087864

I also had a Pearl Crescent. A Monarch and something tiny and looking white, were out there, but didn't want to be photographed...lol...

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
5:49 AM

Post #8088658

Yah, it's a moth, no idea though.

I had 5 monarchs on the Tithonia yesterday. It was like this last fall too.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
8:29 AM

Post #8088907

I had 1 lonely monarch on the sedum the other day...no pic.

Here is an "artsy" shot of the GST...LOL!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
8:38 AM

Post #8088918

ha. nice
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
8:46 AM

Post #8088928

I couldn't get close, zoomed in as much as I could, cropping only made it blurry. It is what it is.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
9:09 AM

Post #8088977

Pretty sure this is a fiery skipper, though I didn't get a good look at the under wings. Wish they would stay still for longer!!!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 9, 2010
9:10 AM

Post #8088982

Glad you all are getting some action in your yards...

Dale...did you go to the nursery? I was down there and in Kerrville, I entered the address I have on Medina Hwy in my gps, but found nothing at that site and drove a mile or so more, never spotted it. Rain was coming down in buckets and I figured they might be closed too so I gave up...we needed to get on the road for home. It was dark before we got to her house and had to watch for deer along the way plus high water. Stressful drive home...glad I didn't find it and make us later.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 9, 2010
9:40 AM

Post #8089034

Sheila: No, I postponed the trip until next week because of the weather. I thought of you navigating the Hill country during a tropical storm. Got over 5 inches of rain here at my place, which is considerably less than a lot of people in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. Nothing like tornado sirens going off to raise the blood pressure. The plants certainly enjoyed the drink, but a few things did get blown over (tithonias being the biggest one). Sun is out today and things are flying again.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

janaestone
(Di) Seven Mile, OH
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
10:23 AM

Post #8089092

Here's what I found on my sedum about an hour ago. Cat ID'd some Silver Spotted Skippers for me on another thread where I talked about them being all over the place. There's plenty more than the SSS here.

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janaestone
(Di) Seven Mile, OH
(Zone 6b)

September 9, 2010
10:33 AM

Post #8089108

Here's another view...it's so much fun to go out there and watch them. I sat there for probably 30 minutes. Of course, it helps that we had such a good break in the heat and it's beautiful right now as well!

Di

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
10:42 AM

Post #8089117

I finally got a better picture. I would have had a perfect picture of an Eastern Tailed Blue, but my puppy decided to come see what I was up to. The wings were open too. Then I had a Red Admiral, but as I was ready to snap the picture, it flew off.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #8089119

there's 2 in this one.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
10:47 AM

Post #8089127

quite the congregation of skippers there janaestone
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
10:49 AM

Post #8089133

mirror image

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
10:50 AM

Post #8089137

Cabbage White duo

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
10:51 AM

Post #8089139

go figure

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
11:28 AM

Post #8089197

oooo...that last shot is cool! lol
suewylan
North Fork, CA
(Zone 7b)

September 9, 2010
3:21 PM

Post #8089565

This is a Western Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio rutulus) photographed late last month. The blue in it seems to match the blue in the buddleia.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
4:19 PM

Post #8089674

Oh Di! They just keep on coming!!

Terry, is that an ironweed that the monarchs are on?
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #8089687

Yes, that's ironweed, blooming along with goldenrod. I have a few clumps here and there blooming. It blooms July thru Sept.

I didn't get it here, but this is what mine is
http://www.prairienursery.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_plant_info&cPath=64_2&products_id=280

Loonie1

Loonie1
Rowlett, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 9, 2010
4:42 PM

Post #8089717

Dale, thank you so much for correcting my Swallowtail photo. I initially ID'd it as a dark form female ET, but was overruled by a couple of friends who are more educated on butterflies than I am. I'm happy to see I was right all along. Thank you! :-)

Carla
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
4:52 PM

Post #8089739

Mrs_Ed, here's another shot. I went out with the dogs and took the camera and I wasn't disappointed...

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 9, 2010
6:14 PM

Post #8089887

Holy moly Di - that sedum in really bringing in some butterfly action!!! Lucky you!

Our butterfly action is finally picking up out here - we could still use rain - there are places that haven't gotten any...like the danged ranch!!! I planted a bunch of mistflower plants there about three weeks ago - and have to give them a good soaking every weekend. Need rain - so they'll get established and make it on their own!!!

Lots of Large Orange Sulphurs on the wing and Giant Swallowtails in the yard with gobs of caterpillars on the tangerine tree - Gulf Frits are a given! Keep waiting for the fall season - I have a feeling it's going to be a great season for us.

...by the way - the NBC (National Butterfly Center) is under construction - hopefully the visitor's center will be finished - we're anticipating a grand opening in October if all goes well.

If anyone is interested the 9th Biennial Members' meeting will be held down here in Mission, TX October 28-31st. http://www.naba.org/meeting.html

~ Cat

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #8089901

You didn't get any rain from that last storm, Cat?

Love that Ironweed! I have seeds for Tall Ironweed, but maybe I'll plant this one instead!

terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 9, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #8090058

I have both. It's probably a mix in there blooming...wouldn't surprise me!

TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 9, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #8090102

I got a measely 1/2 inch of rain one day last week. Yet, my uncle five miles away got 3.5 inches of rain!!! Not a drop at the ranch which is 45 miles away. Go figure!

On a good note - the hummingbird population is picking up. From having only two hang around throughout the summer I now have nine. They showed up last week. A mix of buff bellied and ruby throated all forever zipping around fighting over the feeders. I have three feeders up and they still squeak and chase each other :o) Love to watch them!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 9, 2010
8:25 PM

Post #8090156

terry...the Monarch shots are great...now send them packing it's migration time! LOL!

Dale...I figured you might have postponed. Glad you only got a scare and rain. I saw where there had been storm damage and flooding in a lot of places near Dallas.

Great pictures everyone...really love those two buckeyes.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
11:37 PM

Post #8090347

Red Spotted Purple

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 9, 2010
11:44 PM

Post #8090349

Monarch

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2010
5:03 AM

Post #8090465

Between jmorth, Mrs_Ed and now Terryr; I am going to have to put IL on a vacation list for Aug/Sept some year. You guys are really cooking there.


I got a Monarch tagging kit this year. It is time that I can start tagging now, and I saw my first one yesterday but didn't have a net. I forgot to get it...doing that today.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
5:18 AM

Post #8090486

Good Deal Shelia. I should do that. Then you could look for my butterfly.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 10, 2010
9:53 AM

Post #8090951

Or just have fun doing it!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
10:08 AM

Post #8091000

yah!

So I can't remember if I've told you all or not, but next year I'm planning on putting in a butterfly garden outside of the city. It's a new facility for the wastewater treatment plant. It's still under construction now and won't be operational for about a year, but my husband said yesterday that there were tons of Monarchs out there yesterday, just flitting around! That was good news to hear. If they are there with not many flowers, they should be there with lots of them.

Has anyone seen any roosts yet?

Quiet Day here for all butterflies. A bit windy… just a couple of monarchs and cabbage whites.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
4:37 PM

Post #8091638

We had a lot of Monarchs still here today. Thanks Sheila, usually my pictures aren't so good. I'm getting better...lol...

Marna, if you tell me what a roost is, I'll tell you if I've seen any. Not a clue ;p

Alright, you all know my skills at ID are really bad. Looking up in my trusty book, and looking at gardens with wings dot com, to me, it sure looks like a Hoary Edgy Skipper. One problem. They aren't supposed to be in this area. So I don't know what it is. Help! Today was sunny and I couldn't see what the heck I was taking a picture of. I felt really lucky to get this shot.

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TexasPuddyPrint

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

September 10, 2010
7:48 PM

Post #8091979

terry - it's a Silver Spotted Skipper. They seem to be abundant in some areas this time of the year. They are nice big skippers!!! Alas, one of the few we don't get down here :o(

terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #8092007

Are you sure?? LOL In the book, it sure doesn't look like a Silver Spotted Skipper. I don't know, mine shows so much yellow, it just didn't look like that one. BUT, I don't know nuthin, so I will trust you ;p This skipper is really big. In one shot I managed to get the Silver Spotted and either a Peck's or a Fiery Skipper. It's strange to think that's they're both skippers!

This picture isn't the best, but it's the one with both skippers in it.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
8:12 PM

Post #8092031

This is blurry. Is it the same thing? Looks different to me. Ironweed is very popular.

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 10, 2010
8:35 PM

Post #8092084

Definitely a Silver Spotted Skipper.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 10, 2010
8:41 PM

Post #8092102

Thanks Dale!!

I'm never going to be able to ID these butterflies I'm seeing :-(
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 11, 2010
5:56 AM

Post #8092600

Terryr:

Of course you will. It just takes practice and you're well on your way. One of the really nice things about digital cameras is that you can "practice" all the time if you want. Go out in the yard, snap a bunch of pictures and then id them later. Pretty soon you'll be id-ing them in the yard without the camera.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2010
5:59 AM

Post #8092605

LOL Terry, Like I've told you, you'll get better. Love the silver spotted skippers. You should get lots of them on that ironweed, they like purple.
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2010
9:57 AM

Post #8092912

I do Dale, I do!! Take pictures I mean. But I can't, I can't!! ID them I mean. My eyes see one thing, and you guys tell me something different. I'll keep practicing though, I promise. Some are so easy and some, well, some are just so darn hard.

Marna, I didn't know they could see color? The purple of the ironweed and golden color of the goldenrod looks really striking together. And no. Solidago, goldenrod, doesn't make you sneeze. It's pollinated by insects. The pollen doesn't fly thru the air, that's an old wives tale.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2010
10:06 AM

Post #8092920

Now ragweed that blooms about the same time is another story!!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2010
10:09 AM

Post #8092925

Terry, it does get easier to ID with time. Soooo many Silver-spotted Skippers here right now.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2010
10:11 AM

Post #8092928

I planted some solidago once. Could not convince my DH it was NOT the same as ragweed!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2010
11:15 AM

Post #8093018

Nice skippers!

Yah, goldenrod gets such a bad rap because of ragweed, which is really inconspicuous. I had it in the back yard once. I thought the leaves were a nice texture, so I let it grow. It got big and then I discovered what is was! D'oh!!!!


lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 11, 2010
1:38 PM

Post #8093233

Ah, but even the lowly ragweed has a butterfly use. It's a great host plant for Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia). Of course, so are a lot of other things, so avoid an allergy attack.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 11, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #8093595

HA! Well that was before I was really into butterflies. I've got the pellitory, false nettle and narrow-leaf plantain growing in the garden now. If we got bordered patches up here, I might consider the ragweed, lol!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2010
11:13 PM

Post #8094122

Red Admiral and Skipper on aster.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2010
11:14 PM

Post #8094124

Monarch on Sunflower

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2010
11:17 PM

Post #8094127

Couple of Skippers

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2010
11:18 PM

Post #8094130

Summer Azure on red Rudbeckia

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2010
5:09 AM

Post #8094242

Nice collection Jack. It always cracks me up to see two butterflies on one tiny flower… as if it is the only one in the yard.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2010
8:59 AM

Post #8094557

Looks like you have lots going on there!

I finally had success with a monarch! The last one eclosed this morning. This has been a less than satisfying experience with the monarchs. But I did learn from it...so not a total loss.
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2010
9:56 AM

Post #8094647

nanny, now your Silver Spotted Skippers look like mine! Those that were on the sedum, didn't look anything like mine. Not enough yellow, or something. I'm trying, I really am.

I have allergies anyway, so if somehow ragweed got in here, it probably wouldn't make that big of a difference.

I still have Monarch's on the ironweed. There was something else, black is all I saw, then it was off. I hope it comes back so I can see what it was.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2010
10:57 AM

Post #8094728

Shelia, I think I have some good news for you! I went out to one of my fave places, Spring Slough and saw the most Monarchs I've ever seen. Maybe I was just in the right place at the right time. I should go back there this evening and see if they are roosting. Terri, roosting is where they all huddle together on a tree for the evening. Keeps them warm.


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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 12, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #8094854

Roosting is also a good sign of migration. Send them on we are ready!
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2010
3:20 PM

Post #8095226

The batteries are dead, dead, dead in my camera. I have at least 6 Monarchs that I can tell, out there on my ironweed. They get behind it, so there's probably more. But I can't get a picture because I don't have any more batteries.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2010
4:31 PM

Post #8095346

ah. time to invest in rechargeables! ;)


nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #8095371

and spares!! lol


This is my Monarch that I released today...

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 12, 2010
4:58 PM

Post #8095394

Yay! That's a handsome boy!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
6:15 AM

Post #8096231

ID?

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2010
6:22 AM

Post #8096246

Milkweed Tussock Moth.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
6:46 AM

Post #8096289

thanks Mrs Ed

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2010
6:54 AM

Post #8096300

You're welcome. I only know because someone here IDed them for me 2 years ago! Ha.


Common Buckeye.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2010
8:13 AM

Post #8096466

I had rechargeable batteries with another camera and they went "deader" faster. I don't understand why the batteries go dead as fast as they do. My husband got a whole package of batteries last night, so I should be set for, jeez, at least a whole week!

Speaking of my husband and seeing that fuzzy caterpillar up there, we were just talking about the fuzzy caterpillars we used to see as kids and don't see anymore. What ever happened to all those fuzzy caterpillars and what the heck were they?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
9:21 AM

Post #8096620

Those black & brown ones??? Just saw one this morning crossing the road! We see lots of them out here. Lots of white/cream ones too!
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2010
1:27 PM

Post #8097104

Seems like they were all sorts of colors. Not on the same caterpillar, different caterpillar had different colors. I just remember picking them up and "petting" them. I hope I didn't harm them in any way. We never squished them, just petted them. So fuzzy! I haven't seen one in years! They were always crawling up the trim on our garage doors. Don't know where they were going.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2010
3:42 PM

Post #8097333

I still see the brown and black bear caterpillars from time to time. I think they are from moths, and maybe more noctirnal?
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 13, 2010
4:05 PM

Post #8097370

I remember seeing them, probably getting close to dusk. Just crawling around, usually up the trim by the garage door. Seems they were always around. Seeing the one above, the Tussock moth (which sounds dinosauris or something), I figured what we saw were moths. Where do you see them? Anywhere in particular? I'll go stake out someplace to see if I can see some...lol...

Oh, and Sheila? I think my Monarchs have left. I saw one this morning, but I haven't seen any more all day long. In fact all I've seen are...the white ones. My brain. It's hurting from thinking. I can't remember. It's food. It starts with a C. CABBAGE!! Good golly Miss Molly. All I see are Cabbage Whites. (really, don't mind me)

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
7:31 PM

Post #8097777

Saw several monarchs here today. I couldn't help but wonder if this one was my new guy I released.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
7:32 PM

Post #8097781

Cute skipper...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 13, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #8097820

Send all those Monarchs my way...I am going to catch, tag and release as many as I can.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 13, 2010
11:33 PM

Post #8098072

Monarch in a field of Coreopsis. There were a lot of them there.

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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 14, 2010
4:38 AM

Post #8098188

That is gorgeous!!!
hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
5:01 AM

Post #8098213

jmorth, I noticed that in a lot of your butterfly pics, the butterflies are on one specific plant you have that kind of looks like a mint plant or herb of some sort. What exactly is that plant that attracts so many butterflies??

Nanny, my one daughter has had a lot of bad monarchs hatch this year. Many were deformed too. It's really too bad.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
5:38 AM

Post #8098263

J, lovely! I just saw a bunch of those coreopsis down at the slough and decided that I should have some in the garden, even though they are tall! If anyone knows the variety, I'd be interested in knowing. I took pictures that I'll put on the ID forum if not.

terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
10:45 AM

Post #8098775

How tall is tall? 4 - 8 feet? It so, and it's a native coreopsis, then it's Coreopsis tripteris, otherwise known as tall coreopsis.

I thought the Monarchs had left, they haven't.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
10:48 AM

Post #8098779

I should have said it's probably Coreopsis tripteris.

I also happened to catch this while trying to get a picture of a Sulphur. I'm not sure what it is.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8098899

Looks like it's probably a painted lady.

Yah, I think it was in the 4-6' range. I was going to Dmail you with a picture, but I had not converted it yet.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2010
12:35 PM

Post #8098970

Here's a fuller shot - quite dense

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
1:39 PM

Post #8099060

I don't know. It doesn't look like any of the Coreopsis that I'm familiar with. The leaves are throwing me off. The flower part looks more like a Helianthus, but the leaves don't match any of those I know. So I don't know. You think that was a Painted Lady, huh? That was the only glimpse I got. It flew off before I even got the camera down. I haven't seen it again.

Another Meadow Fritillary?

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 14, 2010
4:16 PM

Post #8099317

Terry..I agree with painted lady...did you maybe post the wrong picture? It doesn't look yellow at all.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
4:48 PM

Post #8099404

Yup Jack, those I saw were really full too…



Edited to say that someone on the ID thread thinks it is Bidens aristosa, Tickseed sunflower.

Wet meadows, self sows and on Kentucky's invasive list.

errr, probably too dry in my yard.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2010
5:24 PM

Post #8099465

Yellow? You mean because I was trying to get a picture of a Sulphur? If so, the Sulphur flew off and the Painted Lady was in shot. The sun was in my eyes and on my screen, I thought I saw something in the screen, but wasn't sure until I downloaded the pictures.
Here's the Sulphur. I could zoom in pretty good on to ironweed on the bunch it was on, but then it flew off before I got my shot and landed on a bunch in the back. My camera doesn't zoom that much, so this is the best I could do.Our backyard faces west. I'm dinked most of the day trying to take pictures. I just can't see the screen.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2010
2:40 AM

Post #8100064

Mrs Ed,
The selected ID may be right, I looked it up and the two share many characteristics, the difference I noted was bloom time, the resources indicated wild Coreopsis ceases to bloom after August but the Bidens were in September. The stands I saw were situated in Sanchris Lake State Park. We were there Sunday photographing Monarchs and checking out the geese. Here's a pic I posted in the photos forum of some pretty strange birds:

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 15, 2010
2:45 AM

Post #8100065

hemlady, it is a mint, which one I don't know, its got a pretty pungent smell when crushed; spearmint is also a good attractor.
hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2010
5:25 AM

Post #8100198

Thanks jmorth. I thought it looked like some sort of mint.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2010
5:28 AM

Post #8100203

My chocolate mint does a good job of pulling in some of the smaller butterflies, along with Cabbage whites.
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 15, 2010
5:02 PM

Post #8101186

Hmmm...Bidens aristosa isn't on the IL wildflower list. I've never heard of it before. No wonder I couldn't ID it... :p Tickseed is the common name for Coreopsis, but this isn't one. Both are in the Aster family though. Interesting.

Do the leaves look like these? http://www.ct-botanical-society.org/galleries/bidensaris.html

I have 2 Monarchs still here, but I didn't have the camera out with me today.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
10:52 AM

Post #8102363

Pearl Crescent

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8102439

Time for a new thread!

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1128979/

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
12:19 PM

Post #8102470

oops wrg thread...



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mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2010
1:38 PM

Post #8102618

Well we pulled in 60 monarch cat's ! ...LOL...I was going to let the stay on the plants, ( actually there's at least another 30 out there.) But we've found cat's and chrysalis 30 feet away, and we are having alot of company this weekend, and I was afraid they would get walked on or driven over...They have litterally eaten 4 potted milkweed plants today !
I may actually run out, and I thought I would have enough to get me thru and for any stragglers and migration time. Hopefully they will start forming their chrysalis pretty quick, a lot of them are big...and their making alot of caterpillar poo !!!
mj

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
2:42 PM

Post #8102750

wtg mj!
Dawns_Tropicals
Winter Springs, FL

September 16, 2010
5:49 PM

Post #8103103

Hi mjsponies, I was curious to know where you get your milkweed from or any of your plants. Is there a nursery near you?

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2010
5:54 PM

Post #8103118

Dawn,
I grow my own, either from cuttings or seed. ( it's easy to root) I have 3 plants in the ground that are several years old and if it wasn't for the Monarch's I'd have to cut back twice a year as they will get 5 feet tall, and I keep potted plants as back up...only thing is I'm running out of both the one's in the ground, and back up.
I'll try to get pics tomorrow, I've just been so busy, that I just keep dropping off the groceries to them.
I went out and cut some stalks off one of the plants and when I turned them over there were two more cat's on there...so in they came too. It's taken 3 years to get to where we have this kind of population...so be patient, keep the food around. Even if you have to cut your plants back some the first year. And keep the wasps away !

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Dawns_Tropicals
Winter Springs, FL

September 16, 2010
6:07 PM

Post #8103144

mjsponies, This is my second year raising any cat I find on the numerous host plants I have in the yard. I have many, many milkweed plants in the ground and a bunch in pots. When they eat all the leaves off and there is a bare stem, I cut it into chunks and root them. And of course they re-seed themselves everywhere. I was just curious if there was a nursery near you that you went to. Thanks, Dawn
Dawns_Tropicals
Winter Springs, FL

September 16, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #8103171

Sorry, I just realized that I interupted this post, I guess I should have d-mailed mjsponies. I am reading everyones posts just about everyday and love all the pics and info. Sorry for the interuption. Dawn
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
7:06 PM

Post #8103262

That's interesting about cutting the milkweed into chunks and planting. I am thinking about that for my passion vine too. It is getting late in the season..
love all those pictures

mjsponies

mjsponies
DeLand/Deleon Spring, FL
(Zone 8b)

September 17, 2010
3:36 AM

Post #8103637

can't remember the name of this one now ! anyhow he's a cutie

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 17, 2010
8:36 AM

Post #8104040

Not a problem Dawn...you are still talking butterflies, host plants etc. Right on topic I would say.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2010
10:42 AM

Post #8104268

Yah, not a problem dawn, but be sure to follow this link to the new thread.
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1128979/

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