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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8102437

We came from here:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1125490

As the season begins to wind down for us up north, peak season is around the corner for those of you in the south.

The later season here brings more skippers to the yard. Silver-spotted skipper.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2010
11:55 AM

Post #8102443

And I always like to break out the butterfly brew in the fall. This afternoon I had three red admirals. A far cry from the 20 earlier this year, but I'll take it!

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2010
11:58 AM

Post #8102447

This one decided it would rather soak up the goodness in the dirt next to the bait log.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
12:10 PM

Post #8102453

Silver Spotted Skipper assemblage.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
12:10 PM

Post #8102454

Nice Pearl Crescent on the previous thread jmorth.

Thanks for a new thread Marna...at 231 replies I think it was time!

I am still waiting on the elusive first Monarch I can tag. I don't have any and only a few Queens each day...no eggs or cats.

So I will have to show my GST on the Satsuma Orange tree. There were about 32 eggs, then the heavy rains hit. I am sure some were lost to that. But I still have a bumper crop. Since they are very abundant this year I am not bringing them in.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
12:13 PM

Post #8102457

Thanks Shelia. Skipper density continues - 5 and a moth

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
12:15 PM

Post #8102462

4 skips, 2 bucks, and a crescent

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
12:17 PM

Post #8102465

3 bucks

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 16, 2010
12:22 PM

Post #8102471

Your statement sounds like it would make a good country song jmorth...
jmorth wrote:
4 skips, 2 bucks, and a crescent



Took me a few minutes to find this pic...they seem to be doing fine and growing nicely.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
1:12 PM

Post #8102544

Thanks for the new thread!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 16, 2010
2:56 PM

Post #8102774

Wow Jack, you are in butterfly heaven there.

Shelia. That's just great about the GSTs. And congrats MJ on the monarchs. I'd send you all my swamp milkweed if they would eat it!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
11:14 PM

Post #8103559

Sulphur

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
11:15 PM

Post #8103560

couple of Crescents

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
11:16 PM

Post #8103561

Monarch

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 17, 2010
5:32 AM

Post #8103725

Couldn't believe my eyes the other night! 4 BST cats on the fennel, which almost all gone and going dormant now.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2010
5:34 AM

Post #8103729

wow. Well those are the over-winter ones. I've been checking mine, nothing.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 17, 2010
8:39 AM

Post #8104044

nanny...looks large enought to pupate without problems if it runs out of food. I don't bring in those that overwinter after one emerging in a freeze and no place to release it.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2010
10:43 AM

Post #8104273

I was super excited today to see a Mourning Cloak at the butterfly brew! This is the first half-way decent shot I've been able to get of one because they are usually so fast and don't sit for long. I guess brew is the trick!

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2010
10:44 AM

Post #8104274

And here it is with closed wings. I love this butterfly. Ha. well I love most of them.

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mjsponies

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

September 17, 2010
11:13 AM

Post #8104322

Marna,
I may have to send out an emergency rations call if this batch sticks around long enough to lay eggs...60 in cages in various stages of just about to form J's to forming J's to in their chrysalis. And we counted 30 more on one plant the other day, and found another dozen or so on some outlying plants. There's not alot of milkweed left either. A friend of mine who stopped by yesterday says she thinks she's got enough to keep me covered.
Found 6 Black Swallowtail cat's on the fennel.
But...not one single Zebra Longwing this year. I'm very worried that the freezes we had last year really put down the population. I've got plenty of Passion vine - the Gulf Frit's sure haven't had a problem finding it ! LOL...
Who else in the South has had Zebra Longwings ? A good amount, just a few ?
I'd like to know for peace of mind that something weird is not going on with them or they just don't love me anymore )-:

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2010
11:23 AM

Post #8104336

well if you need… i'm here! My swamp milkweed is looking a little ragged though. It's been so dry here. Nice tall plants, but look like they are getting a fall color.


Are the ZLWs irruptive at all? This has been a really good year for the Red Admirals, not so much the years before. HOping that you longwings are just experiencing an off year. They are really adorable.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 17, 2010
11:30 AM

Post #8104343

Congrats Mrs Ed on the Mourning Cloak pic, I've yet to see one verifiable myself.
mjsponies, the black BF you posted in former forum is a Sooty Wing, one of the skippers.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 17, 2010
12:00 PM

Post #8104370

Thanks J. Really made my day! Ha. slow days!

Since there's no wind today, the brew station seems like a busy place. The Cloak was back and several red admirals. This one was slightly off focus, but I wanted to closely crop and show you the adorable proboscis.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 17, 2010
12:20 PM

Post #8104396

Oooohh Congrats on the Mourning Cloak Mrs. Ed!!

I saw some type of frit but not sure which & no photo. It was smaller so I know it wasn't a Great Spangled and it looked to light to be a varigated.

The BST cats will stay out just like the last batch of 20 or so did. I have no idea if they got ate by birds or made it to pupate. I just left that part to nature.

This Buckeye kept following me one day. Like it was just begging for me to take a picture of it...so I did!

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 17, 2010
9:25 PM

Post #8105262

Buckeye and Skipper on aster

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 18, 2010
9:45 AM

Post #8105931

I haven't had Zebra Longwings. Lots of Gulf Frits but no Zebras. However at Fairchild Tropical Garden there are plenty !!!! I guess that they don't love us as much. I even got the Corky stemmed passion vine especially for them and nothing. My Monarch population has slowed down a bit.

mjsponies

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

September 18, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8106084

roly,
I've got Corkbark Passi, incarnata, Lady Margaret and Lady Lavender which last year the ZLW's loved. So I know it's not for a lack of host or nectar plants. Very strange...
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 18, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #8106623

I put some butterfly brew around on the tree and the deck railing but have not seen anything find it. I hung up flower pot holder that the small terra cotte's fit in, and found a plastic bowl that fit it. I put BB in with a plastic scrubbie. I have seen a Red Admiral and another one but don't remember the name of it. Not hoards of them like I the pictures I've seen. It rained over an inch the other day and it is pretty watered down now, so guess I should replace it. It is near where the hummingbird feeders are, would they deter the butterflies? I also have some on a plate in a hanging plant holder with cut up fruit, and have only seen one or two there. It is away from the hummers. Am I doing something wrong? I just am not just not having very good luck with the brew.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2010
6:59 PM

Post #8106699

6 Monarchs at the aster magnet

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2010
7:00 PM

Post #8106703

4

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 18, 2010
7:01 PM

Post #8106707

3

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 18, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #8106867

mjsponies wrote:roly,
I've got Corkbark Passi, incarnata, Lady Margaret and Lady Lavender which last year the ZLW's loved. So I know it's not for a lack of host or nectar plants. Very strange...


I know it's kind of weird. I've got a bunch of passies too yet no Zebra Longwing. The Gulf Fritillaries love the Lady Margaret and the caerulea.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
7:15 AM

Post #8107217

THERE's those gorgeous asters! Mine aren't blooming so much yet but last year they bloomed all the way to thanksgiving.

Crit, I think you just have to keep putting it out. I had the Red Admirals find it right away. I usually only have about 5 or less, but earlier this year when the Admirals were crazy in numbers, I had lots of those. I think the location is fine. I haven't seen the hummers interfere at all.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 19, 2010
7:29 AM

Post #8107227

No the hummers didn't mess with mine either. The ones I mainly had were Hackberry Emperor, Tawny Emperor and Question Marks. But don't expect them in droves like TPP (cat) has in her pictures. She lives in extreme south TX where bf are year round. Plus she took most of her pictures on or near the NABA down there.
I found I had to keep adding more BB to the logs, plus if you just made it, the rotten stink isn't strong enough yet! LOL!

woodspirit1

woodspirit1
Lake Toxaway, NC
(Zone 7a)

September 19, 2010
8:08 AM

Post #8107293

Mrs. Ed. What is the butterfly brew? I don't frequent this forum often, but have been getting more and more interested in moths and butterflies.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
8:50 AM

Post #8107353

Woodspirit, you'll find the recipe and pictures in the sticky for the butterfly forum along with other good info:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/744103/

more specifically:
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=3702364

and then for a real treat, here's Cat's page on brew, etc.
http://davesgarden.com/community/blogs/t/TexasPuddyPrint/12610/
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #8107390

Sheila_FW wrote: plus if you just made it, the rotten stink isn't strong enough yet! LOL!


Mrs_Ed! What did I say? Even Sheila says it has a rotten stink! I told you so!! Stick that nasty thing up my nose...hardy harhar

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
10:28 AM

Post #8107546

hahaha. That had hardly fermented at all! MMMM banana-y.

See, I made Terry smell it yesterday and she thought it was bad news.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 19, 2010
1:47 PM

Post #8107951

Baahhhaaaaw!!!! Too funny!! It draws flies and bees too!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
3:46 PM

Post #8108167

Yesterday was a small festival at Nachusa Grasslands, where I monitor butterflies for the state and Nachusa. I was to lead a kids butterfly tour, but it was really bad conditions. I put out some fruit and brew but had no takers except for a daddy long legs spider on a pear. Boo!

I think it smells yummy and if I were a butterfly I'd like it. :D I hate beer though.

Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 19, 2010
3:59 PM

Post #8108189

I made it maybe a month ago. Doesn't smell 'stinky' to me, even licked a little that dripped on my finger off, and didn't taste bad either. lol (and I don't like beer) I'm about out of this batch. May have to make some more and let it set over the winter to get good and 'stinky' before next spring. :-)
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
5:12 PM

Post #8108365

This stuff was nasty!! That's why no butterflies went near it. blech I think you need you nose examined!! Forget the beer, I didn't even smell that. All I could smell was rancid.

I didn't have my camera on me. I thought my husband forgot to put in my car. Here, he put it on the inside on the seat, with my cooler on the outside. I didn't see it. Marna didn't go on the walk with my friend and me...where I saw a Monarch and a Common Buckeye landed right in front of me!

She forgot to tell you that there was a Black Swallowtail that came in where we were on her walk. A little boy got his picture taken and if I'm not mistaken, Marna was right there with him, her hand on the net too, trying to catch the butterfly. The picture is going to be in a newspaper up there somewhere. You know better than I do Mrs_Ed.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 19, 2010
5:39 PM

Post #8108429

after saying I hadn't seen any BST, low and behold, there was one on the hanging fruit plate with BB on it! I had my brew inside, but set it outside a couple weeks ago, because I have it in a milk jug with a snap on top with duct tape holding the lid down. lol I didn't want it to BLOW all over my game room!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 19, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #8108444

Yah, that was funny that the only butterfly on the walk was when the photographer/reporter showed up. Media hog!!

Wow Crit, I've never seen a BST on the brew.

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

September 20, 2010
7:54 AM

Post #8109408

Thanks to Mrs. Ed for the links to the butterfly brew, info and pics from Cat. OMG - I want to see a Malachite - how gorgeous! The brew even sounds like it would be gross but I'll be making it in the spring. From so many around my yard to just a few here and there right now - summer is definitely on it's way out. It's been a banner year for BF's here this year - I'll really miss seeing them!
Di
Dawns_Tropicals
Winter Springs, FL

September 20, 2010
2:40 PM

Post #8110230

I want to get the host plant for the tigers. I know they use sweet bay trees. Is that the same tree used for cooking? My nursery has the Laurus Nobilis. It is the one used for cooking. But do they use this one for a host plant? Dawn
Dawns_Tropicals
Winter Springs, FL

September 20, 2010
2:42 PM

Post #8110233

Oops had another question that mjsponies could probobly answer since you are in my area, do we get Zebra swallowtails here? I've never seen one here before and I do have a small Paw paw tree.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 20, 2010
5:45 PM

Post #8110591

Yes Mrs_Ed, and it was there again today. Did you know the BST is the Oklahoma State Butterfly? Cool, huh. There was also an Eastern Comma on the fruit/brew plate. Very pretty

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 20, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #8110750

Cool, Crit. I had about 7 red admirals on the brew today.

Dawn, here's what Butterflies and Moths list as hosts for the Tigers:
Caterpillar hosts: Leaves of various plants including wild cherry (Prunus), sweetbay (Magnolia), basswood (Tilia), tulip tree (Liriodendron), birch (Betula), ash (Fraxinus), cottonwood (Populus), mountain ash (Sorbus), and willow (Salix).

I've seen them oviposit on the wild cherry.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 21, 2010
9:49 AM

Post #8111936

The Red Admirals have returned. I have about 7 flitting around.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2010
9:52 AM

Post #8114159

I put out some pears to rot...but some critter ran off with them!

Fewer and fewer swallowtails to be seen. Still have lots of buckeyes & skippers and Painted Ladies. Red-spotted purples are still around too. I saw several Viceroy today. Have to download the pics yet.

This EST is from last week.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2010
11:22 AM

Post #8116618

My Viceroy...

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2010
2:05 PM

Post #8116892

8 Monarchs

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 23, 2010
2:12 PM

Post #8116907

Sulphur and a White

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 24, 2010
6:09 AM

Post #8117971

Enjoying all your pics Illinois...but still waiting for that cold snap to push Monarchs my way.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

September 24, 2010
11:28 AM

Post #8118569

One of the dozen or so larvae I got from a female Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus). Nearing pupation, thank goodness, as I'm rapidly running out of spicebush.

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

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2010
11:53 AM

Post #8118615

They are just so cool looking!
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

September 24, 2010
2:36 PM

Post #8118949

I have been lurking here a while but decided to post my Monarch photo. This one visited my backyard a couple of days ago. We have had a bumper crop of all types of butterflies this summer, but this is the first Monarch I've spotted. I'm not home all day so this was a great find for me and I was happy to get the pic. Loads of Cloudless sulphurs, Gulf Frits, many Eastern Tiger swallowtails and others have been in abundance.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2010
3:16 PM

Post #8119077

Nice contrast outside playing...
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2010
10:17 PM

Post #8119689

Hairstreak

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 24, 2010
10:21 PM

Post #8119691

This one I've never seen before. I don't know its designation. Any help?

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 25, 2010
4:48 AM

Post #8119874

jmorth...Looks like it is a Checkered Skipper but not sure which one. Look them up in your area.
Dale, love that little SB cat, hope you have more when we tour. But you might not since you are running out of host plant.
Glad you decided to post OutsideP... I am hoping this weak cold front brings a few Monarchs down.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 25, 2010
5:49 AM

Post #8119952

Love that spicebush cat.

The mint is really drawing them in Jack! I think you have a common checkered skipper. Seems to match the "variation" in Kaufman's guide.

Congrats OutsideP on the 'bumper crop'!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2010
8:11 AM

Post #8120143

Thanks for the ID Shelia and Mrs Ed; with your assistance I found it in my BF & Moths of Missouri reference book.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2010
8:12 AM

Post #8120144

Sulphur in some asters,

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2010
8:58 AM

Post #8120206

Red Admiral

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2010
9:11 AM

Post #8120224

Your BF's and your asters are so pretty!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2010
9:49 AM

Post #8120313

thanks nanny...Buckeye

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2010
9:51 AM

Post #8120315

Sphinx Moth

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2010
3:38 PM

Post #8120765

No pics to post, but I had several either Viceroy or Monach's on my zinnia's this morning. Couldn't get close enough with camera w/o spooking them. Lots of yellow sulphers and little skippers too. They must be heading southward. I also don't have near as many hummers as I did last week.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 26, 2010
6:14 AM

Post #8121574

It rained all day yesterday...looking forward to seeing what the sun brings today...cooler temps too!
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

September 26, 2010
6:36 PM

Post #8122822

Hellooooooo everyone its been a while. I have missed you guys. My work has taken me away from everything for a bit. I have come back to ALOT to do in the garden. So I am taking volunteers this weekend for weedin, planting, moving 18 yards of soil and 15 yards of mulch. There will be hot dogs beer and milkweed for any takers! (kidding) The delivery truck got stuck in my front yard and had to drop there which made my work 3x harder.

However here is some good news the picture i have attached made it all better. Also spotted a peacock today.This time of year i usually have dozens but with the cold this past winter must have slowed them down. I am hopeful there will be a little rush of them before the end of the year.

Once i get caught back up I will post more pics, I am trying to prepare for the flow of Monarchs coming in next month. I have about 30 plants in the ground but the queens have already put a real good hurtin on them.

Wish me luck!

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

September 26, 2010
6:40 PM

Post #8122834

Here is one more.

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mjsponies

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

September 27, 2010
5:05 AM

Post #8123333

yesterday's Monarch's that we released
Cage 1

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mjsponies

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

September 27, 2010
5:07 AM

Post #8123336

Yesterday's Monarchs release cage 2

I can see the cages from here and they are popping out already this morning for another go round to release

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 27, 2010
5:57 AM

Post #8123424

Welcome back Viceroy and Congrats MJ. Pretty darn slow up here and it's 43° this morning.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2010
2:08 PM

Post #8124275

Beautiful Viceroy!!

Wow looka at those Monarchs...Congrats MJ!!!!

I went to visit a Orchid Farm that is nearby today. They had lots of apple trees too and I spotted this Comma ...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2010
2:09 PM

Post #8124279

It blends right in with the leaves and rotting apples on the ground!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2010
2:11 PM

Post #8124283

And there was a Question Mark too on the apple tree!

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2010
2:11 PM

Post #8124285

and another shot...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2010
2:13 PM

Post #8124290

some of the pretty orchids...

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2010
6:28 PM

Post #8124886

mjsponies ... those are really nice pictures. Wish I had the space to do that!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2010
6:30 PM

Post #8124892

Beautiful pics nanny_56

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 28, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #8126617

Thank you!

Monarch on the wild aster this morning...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 28, 2010
5:10 PM

Post #8126620

Viceroy...

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mjsponies

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

September 28, 2010
5:34 PM

Post #8126669

Crit,
the cages don't take up much room. It's having the plants to feed the cat's that can be a challenge !
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

September 28, 2010
6:31 PM

Post #8126790

Yes nanny.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 28, 2010
7:23 PM

Post #8126871

Tagged my first Monarch today...netted a wild male. I also found five Queen cats now, hopefully I have better success rate with these. They look healthy but parasites aren't seen until it is too late. I am bringing them in and hoping.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2010
7:50 PM

Post #8126929

They are starting to find my brew! ! ! ! Question Mark on my Butterfly Brew.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2010
7:51 PM

Post #8126934

Question Mark, wings closed

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2010
7:54 PM

Post #8126939

Doesn't look like it because of the color, but it was in the sun and I was in the shade. It is a Red Admiral at the Butterfly Brew. He really was black and red. :-))

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2010
7:57 PM

Post #8126943

Red-spotted Purple on the Fruit 'n Brew plate.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2010
7:59 PM

Post #8126945

Skipper on a bright yellow zinnia

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 28, 2010
8:01 PM

Post #8126949

Another of the Red-spotted Purple

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 29, 2010
2:47 AM

Post #8127139

Congratulations Linda on your first tag.
Monarch density has declined since it cooled off. But the slow pokes make for some cool pics.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2010
6:38 AM

Post #8127350

Crit...I am not sure but that doesn't look like a PV...look up info on the Red Spotted Purples! I haven't gotten one of them...I need to put some brew out.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2010
10:13 AM

Post #8127673

Nanny, nice photo of the Monarch on the aster. Viceroy too.
terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
2:20 PM

Post #8128166

I have so many species of asters, but since it's been so cold (and windy), I haven't seen a butterfly in a long time. Imagine my surprise this morning when I took the dogs out and saw a Monarch on the ironweed! I have some other ironweed that has just started blooming. It's never done that before. The only thing on any of my asters are bees. Lots and lots of bees.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2010
4:09 PM

Post #8128365

I believe you are correct Sheila. Got my 'flies mixed up. Oh well, I'm a little mixed up myself! LOL I was just surprized to see it!
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 29, 2010
5:35 PM

Post #8128534

AWWW, I want to see a monarch... sigh. I have tons of yellow sulphurs, gulf frits, skippers,,, even a few ETS,, maybe this nice cooler weather will send them down my way.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2010
6:18 PM

Post #8128641

Another one finds my fruit 'n brew. I'm beginning to be happier with my brew. Now if I can just keep the wasp out of the cups with brew in them. I put a plastic scrubbie in there, but the cup is just a tiny bit bigger than the scrubbie, and they go down the sides.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2010
6:21 PM

Post #8128645

Not sure what it is, but it sure liked the brew. Kept leaving and coming back for more. :-))

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
6:45 PM

Post #8128690

Looks like maybe a viceroy! Congrats!

I don't try to keep any of the bees or wasps out of the brew. I think that would be a losing battle. I just hope that those mean ol' yellow jackets don't sting the hand that feeds them. It was funny today I put some fresh out and in about 2 minutes two commas appeared!!!!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 29, 2010
7:24 PM

Post #8128784

They were waiting for you!

The wasps I have now are red. I don't know what they are...they are just a pain.

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terryr
Bureau County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 29, 2010
7:53 PM

Post #8128843

I don't know for sure, but are the red wasps the ground ones? They nest in the ground? I have these striped bodied wasps. They're weird looking and they like landing on me.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 29, 2010
11:13 PM

Post #8129007

SSS in asters

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 29, 2010
11:16 PM

Post #8129013

Checkered Skipper

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

September 29, 2010
11:17 PM

Post #8129016

Monarch and the bee

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2010
9:34 AM

Post #8129605

This cute little guy was sooo cute...I finally decided it was a very faded Sliver Spotted Skipper.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2010
9:35 AM

Post #8129608

Pearl Cresent...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

September 30, 2010
12:19 PM

Post #8129971

The frostweed is going full blast and the bees and hairstreaks abound...just a matter of time I hope to see the monarchs in mass.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

September 30, 2010
4:43 PM

Post #8130454

Another skipper of some sort...

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

September 30, 2010
4:44 PM

Post #8130458

Had more red admirals and yellow sulphers on the fruit n' brew plate today
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

September 30, 2010
5:19 PM

Post #8130527

I've got about 10 big Monarch caterpillars and 3 chrysalids. I was worried that they weren't going to eat my milkweeds anymore...lol. Also the Gulf Fritillaries are munching away at the passionvine.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 30, 2010
6:43 PM

Post #8130678

yay monarchs!

well here's one of the commas from yesterday.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 1, 2010
1:12 AM

Post #8130998

Black Swallowtail

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 2, 2010
9:07 AM

Post #8133095

Had a comma, red admiral, yellow sulpher and red spotted purple on the fruit 'n brew plate! Had several others flitting around. :-)

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2010
2:12 PM

Post #8133422

thumbs up!
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 2, 2010
8:09 PM

Post #8134088

beeeeutiful..
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 3, 2010
8:57 AM

Post #8134675

Here is one of my Monarchs on the Mexican Sunflower. I love these flowers all of the butterflies that visit my garden seem to like them too.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 3, 2010
11:58 AM

Post #8134913

Oh...that is a pretty shot!!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2010
12:40 PM

Post #8134984

I love those. May have to try some. How tall do they get??? Maybe we can do some trading.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 3, 2010
3:17 PM

Post #8135243

I did not see one butterfly today...not even a skipper...eeeeek!
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 3, 2010
4:40 PM

Post #8135360

I did see besides the Monarchs some Julias, Gulf Frits, Sulphurs, Cassius Blue and some Fiery Skippers as well as Duskywings. Crit I will keep you in mind. As soon as the seed heads form and are ready to be collected I'll send you some. These are about 4 ft tall but I read somewhere that can get up to 8 ft. I bet that if you cut the central stem it will stay smaller and bushier.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 3, 2010
5:30 PM

Post #8135450

GREAT roly, 4 feet is about right. Thanks!!!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2010
5:59 PM

Post #8135545

Crit, the TORCH variety can get quite tall. Mine are probably 7 foot or something. I had a shorter variety (the gold color) that was about 4'

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2010
6:00 PM

Post #8135551

oh, and PS. Butterflies are pretty slow here too, Nanny. I saw either a comma or question mark in a tree…
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
5:44 PM

Post #8137626

Finally i got one on film.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #8137627

here is another one.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
5:50 PM

Post #8137636

They love the asters.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #8137643

she has become a steady visitor.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
6:04 PM

Post #8137650

Had a great share of giants this year.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
6:12 PM

Post #8137686

Still have a few SB around and noticed a few cats on the bush.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
6:16 PM

Post #8137825

xtreme closeup.There are loads of skippers all over the tick-trefoil.

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Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 4, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #8138023

The leaves on my plants are beginning to yellow.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #8138324

oh, gorgeous. love the peacock


Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 4, 2010
8:23 PM

Post #8138434

The peacock is a beaut!

I got to tag three more Monarchs today ...but missed as many, I think my net is too small. At least they are coming in with the cooler weather we are having.

I saw a Buckeye today but when I got the camera it took off.

Have several skippers and Hairstreaks pics, I haven't tried to ID yet, will post later this week.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2010
6:53 AM

Post #8138891

Beautiful Peacock!!

Saw a buckeye yesterday along with several sulphurs, Cabbage Whites and small skippers!
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 5, 2010
9:28 AM

Post #8139131

I wanted to share with you the progress of my garden. The Mexican sunflowers were sown there a couple of months ago and the zinnias as well as everything else was tiny when I planted them.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2010
11:02 AM

Post #8139261

Everything is looking great Roly...guess you are planning where you can put in another next year! LOL!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2010
11:39 AM

Post #8139312

Looks real nice...especially since all mine is dying fast now!
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 5, 2010
2:39 PM

Post #8139562

Sheila_FW wrote:Everything is looking great Roly...guess you are planning where you can put in another next year! LOL!


I'm planning another one on a much bigger scale next year but on the backyard as well as try to make a Moon Garden with plants and flowers that attract butterflies and hummers. That way I get more bang for my buck so I'll keep you all posted. I'm loving my butterflies.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2010
5:26 PM

Post #8139893

Common Buckeye on the very dead grass...

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2010
5:27 PM

Post #8139897

Sulphur...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2010
10:51 PM

Post #8140450

I am excited to say I tagged 10 Monarchs that came through my yard today!! I was tired though...went out back to the end of the yard to check the Frostweed, then Milkweeds...then through the house tagged and released ...then out the front to check the Mistflower and Milkweed there. It kept me busy for about two hours straight. Finally I just had to stop looking out the door.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2010
11:47 PM

Post #8140464

Bucky in asters -

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2010
11:49 PM

Post #8140465

Skippers

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 6, 2010
7:24 AM

Post #8140814

That must be so exciting & exhausting Shelia!! I would love to see how you tag a BF.

I really need to add some asters! My hardy mum Rhumba is just starting to bloom now. So may get some late action on it...if it doesn't get much colder!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 6, 2010
3:53 PM

Post #8141655

Here are the instructions for tagging ...you need to order a kit and participate next year. I had nine more today between 1pm and 4:30. I decided to stop so I can possible get some mating pairs and egg laying. They seem to leave the area when I let them go after tagging. I figure if they were hand raised ones they might be more at ease, but these were wild...just passing through.
http://www.monarchwatch.org/tagmig/tag.htm
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 6, 2010
4:49 PM

Post #8141749

I had 2 question marks or comma's on the fruit 'n brew plate today. Not sure which. I think it was the ? mark. They are getting really scarce though.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 6, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #8141750

I am such a klutz...don't think that would be a good idea...but I would love to see it done! I am intrigued. :)

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 7, 2010
9:08 AM

Post #8142741

Many of the schools that maintain a butterfly garden etc. do that in the fall. You might check with those in your area.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2010
1:44 PM

Post #8145250

Sheila I went to the fielder garden today and it was totally alive with monarchs and queen everywhere, really beautiful.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 8, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #8145636

Very worn looking Viceroy...

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 8, 2010
6:20 PM

Post #8145710

It warmed up into the high 80's today. I had several butterflies. Red-spotted purple, yellow sulpher and 2 that i'm not sure exactly which they were. Viceroy or Monarch. One of them was on the zinnia, but by the time I got back with the camera, it was flitting around. It had 2 white dots on the top wing near the head, and was marked like viceroy/monarchs. Does anyone know what that is? I never saw the other one like it land to look at it.

Was picking dead zinnia heads and nearly grabbed a cute little green frog that was hiding out on the stalk/leaves. I took a pic of him, but haven't downloaded it yet.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2010
6:58 PM

Post #8145778

I bet it was Josephine! All of those Frostweeds and Mistflowers are doing their magic. You may not have enough MW there for all the cats you will get!
I have tagged 27 so far. I am not bringing tags tomorrow, I have decided to hold my last 20 for ones I raise. One reason is when I release them they get the heck out of dodge!
I am also getting flustrated with my small net, need to get a larger one next year.

I am ready for tomorrow...getting excited. Camera in hand!

Oh I want to post one of the pictures from Fielder House Garden, of that swallowtail caterpillar on the hercules tree that is odd colored. I have a disc for you with the pics btw.

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frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2010
8:44 PM

Post #8145949

Thank you Sheila, that caterpillar had disappeared the next day, I have a feeling it was sick.
I found 9 queen caterpillars and brought them home but they were all sick they have pupated but they all have black spots and some of the chrysalids are deformed.
I can,t wait to see the pictures you took.
See you tomorrow.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2010
9:15 PM

Post #8146005

Same thing here in August, with the first round of Queens I raised (tried to that is)? They all died before pupating completly also. Only this last few I had completed the cycle. I think it was parasitic issues, but could have been OE. Here is a picture of one. Did yours look the same?

I wish we had captured the GST that day to photograph closer, etc.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2010
9:19 PM

Post #8146008

Oh, I just pulled up that odd color cat pic again and noticed a wee first instar on another leaf. The strange one was pretty large, maybe it pupated somewhere.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2010
4:31 AM

Post #8146152

Sheila, that little tree has had many cats disappear from it, I think somebody know where to find lunch.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2010
5:16 AM

Post #8146180

The whole garden would be a smogasborg for lizards or birds I bet.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
6:27 AM

Post #8146241

[quote="Sheila_FW"]I bet it was Josephine! All of those Frostweeds and Mistflowers are doing their magic. You may not have enough MW there for all the cats you will get!

Sheila,
Was this in reply to my question about the butterfly I saw? It was on my zinnia. I don't have any Frostweeds or Mistflowers. Will have to look those up.

Thanks!
Patti
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2010
12:15 PM

Post #8146727

Hadn't noted any since September, to my surprise last night...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2010
2:50 PM

Post #8147078

Well I got to tour the lepfarmer's butterfly farm today and it was a great outing! Wonderful plants everywhere you looked. I took pictures but then we stopped back at Frostweeds house and I left my camera there! I will get it back at RU tomorrow; then share some pictures.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
4:27 PM

Post #8147259

We must be in the line of these lovely's migration. They were all over my zinnia's all day today, and flitting around the yard. They are soooo pretty. Some were a deep orange and others a brown-ish orange. I'm not sure what they are, but lovely whether wings are open or closed.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #8147261

Another one...

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
4:31 PM

Post #8147265

One more... they were just sooooo pretty!!!!! They really liked the orange flowers the best. Some on the red, yellows and whites, but mostly orange.

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 9, 2010
5:52 PM

Post #8147397

Crit:

Those are Gulf Fritillaries (Agraulis vanillae). A real beauty...and wonderful phtoos. What type of zinnias are those. They look fantastic!

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2010
5:57 PM

Post #8147403

Nice frits crit.
Hummingbird Moth tonight -

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 9, 2010
6:33 PM

Post #8147454

I don't know what type of zinnia they are. Just packaged zinnia I got at Wal-mart and have been saving seeds from them and replanting for years. I think some of them have crossed because of the colors I have now. Not your solid colors.

I just love the Frits! ! ! ! ! They are so pretty!
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 9, 2010
7:20 PM

Post #8147534

Gulf Frit. on Mex. Sunflower. We have tons of them out at the Butterfly Garden.. Plant plenty of Passion Vine if you want them stay around.

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Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 9, 2010
8:57 PM

Post #8147730

I love the Gulf Fritillaries !!! They are here all of the time. I've got the zinnias and the Mexican Sunflowers which they love especially the orange ones. I also have the passionvines and they specially like the caerulea and the Lady Margaret. Those caterpillars much away like little paper shredders.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 10, 2010
10:13 AM

Post #8148350

The ones here seem to be partial to the orange zinnia's.

Have 1 passionvine start, and am trying to get more. I have lots of places to put them. Want a variety of colors!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2010
6:06 PM

Post #8149189

I want some Gulf Fritillaries! LOL.

Agree how pretty those Zinnias are! I saved some Zowie Yellow from last year. A couple plants came up right, but one came up as red and the other had NO petals. Weird.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 10, 2010
6:52 PM

Post #8149273

that is odd. I always save seed off my zinnia's for the following year. I would be glad to share if someone would like some. I have to warn you, my seeds *will* have petals and chaff in them. I have arthritis in my thumbs and am not able to pick out the unwanted stuff. I just plant mine chaff, petals and all. :-))
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 11, 2010
11:22 PM

Post #8151613

I've been lurking, but am so excited, I can lurk no longer.
The b.flys are back! At least where I live. I was lucky enough to get this photo of what I thought was a Monarch, but DH says is a Painted Lady? Just happy to get a decent photo of it resting on the honeysuckle hedge. : - )
Love all your beauties!
Walk In Beauty!
SingingWolf

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2010
6:20 AM

Post #8151826

Jules...saw your painted lady picture on the memory thread, that is what you have...
Repost here please.
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 12, 2010
10:17 AM

Post #8152215

Drat! I really hate it when DH is right! : - p
Thanks Sheila, I'll go back and edit the entry to show it, and GF, thanks for always having my back! I was so tired I guess I forgot to actually post the photo! Laugh is on me. LOL : - )
This is the Painted Lady B.fly I should have posted before. Okay, all better now.
WIB,
SW

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 12, 2010
3:48 PM

Post #8152790

ooo, Crit, I'd be glad to take some seeds off your hands. I can send you some of my Zowie if you want, or postage.

My asters are in full bloom and I just saw a skipper on them (no camera), other than that, pretty slim pickens.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 12, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #8152981

I would be glad to send you some zinnia Mrs_Ed. I'm still gathering heads as I have been giving quite a few away. My neighbor has my stash right now but I should be getting it back soon. I want to be sure you get a good mix, so if you don't mind waiting, I'll send them as soon as I know I have all the colors in there.

I would be glad to trade for any seeds you have available. Zowie sounds great
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 12, 2010
6:11 PM

Post #8153053

Singing Wolf:

That's actually a West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella), a "close relative" to the Painted Lady as both are in the same genus. That squared off forewing is one of the tip-offs.

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

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2010
9:38 PM

Post #8153387

LOL!! Guess me and your DH were wrong. I didn't remember to consider where you live.
Thanks for the positive id Dale, I remember someone posting a Vanessa a while back.

Dale... Btw we enjoyed the tour so much! I have been busy with the yard and watching the Rangers play and didn't yet post pictures. I may get that done tomorrow and start a new thread when I do.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 13, 2010
5:16 AM

Post #8153590

That'd be great Sheila. If you don't mind, I might get you to send me a couple to put on the DCLS website. I only got a couple of shots as I was too busy walking around talking to people to snap many pics.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2010
11:01 AM

Post #8154100

Okay, Lepfarmer, you the smart one. : - )
Thanks for the proper ID. Now I need to go back and edit Dads Memory page again. LOL!
I have a whole bunch of photos I took yesterday of the West Coast Lady (Vanessa annabella). I guess I should start a thread showing off some of their antics. When and if I get the time!
I did want to share one I've been hoping to get a photo of for a long time. It was on my bucket list. Now I have to find something else to stick in the bucket! LOL! : - )
DH said you can't see the blue because of the position of the b.fly's wings but this is the elusive Buckwheat Blue B.fly. Since it rained last week, the Buckwheat started blooming again. I was walking down to the mailbox yesterday when I saw this one. Even better I was wearing the camera. : - )
Have two decent photos, cropped because it's a wee b.fly.
First one.

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SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2010
11:05 AM

Post #8154107

Question, how can I enter this photo into the DG database? I have some problems figuring stuff out, since the car accident.
Second photo of Buckwheat Blue. : - )
Oh, and Sheila I can show DH he was not right, but close! LOL! : - )
WIB!
SW

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 13, 2010
1:50 PM

Post #8154380

SingWolf:

Not all your "ladies" are necessarily West Coast Ladies -- you could also get American Lady and Painted Lady. You're lucky that you get all three in your area.

Your "Buckwheat Blue" isn't. It's a Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus).

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

October 13, 2010
3:09 PM

Post #8154495

I'm just lurking now, no butterflies. I have to ask, what's a Buckwheat Blue butterfly? I did a search, I'm not in CA, I don't get the same butterflies, but I came up empty. What is it?
TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 13, 2010
5:46 PM

Post #8154733

Was out in the backyard this afternoon clipping fresh guava leaves for the Guava Skippers I'm raising and saw a small dark butterfly flit to the underside of a leaf. Got a closer look and was pleasantly surprised to find a Red Bordered Pixie!!!

I'd seen a couple earlier in the year but don't have their larval host growing in my yard. Well, what a coincidence - yesterday when I was purchasing a Black Willow from Waugh's Nursery down the road from me I saw they had Guamuchil trees in stock.

Seeing that Red Bordered Pixie this afternoon just made me hop back into my car and drive down the road once again to Waugh's Nursery to buy one of those Guamuchil Trees!!! I set it down near where that butterfly is roosting. Am hoping it is a gravid female and she will make use of the new tree!!!

~ Cat

ps...our area will be having the fall butterfly count on October 27th - if anyone will be visiting deep south Texas ya'll can join in!!! NABA's biennial meeting will be the 28th here as well.


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SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 13, 2010
6:08 PM

Post #8154762

terryr,
Buckwheat Blue may be a name DH made up for it, but it is what the local beekeepers call it.
lepfarmer,
I admit my ignorance. I appreciate your patience. I was injured in a car accident which did cause me to have some brain injury. I used to have a great memory, now I forget what happened yesterday, unless I see photos. Things are very slowly getting better, and the brain is far more complex than I ever imagined. So your patience and tolerance is greatly appreciated.
It's frustrating for me to have gone faster than light and now I'm down to the speed of sound.
But hey, I'm getting some halfway decent photos of B.flys which has always been something I've wanted to do. : - )
I need to start keeping a list of the various kinds I actually see here. I'm bookmarking the B.fly link so maybe I won't be such a pain. Thanks for sharing it lepfarmer. : - )
~Cat, I just adore your photo of the Red Bordered Pixie. : - )
WIB~
SW

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2010
6:44 PM

Post #8154799

Nice on the Pixie Cat! Danny told me he had one the other day too!


Terry, buckwheat blues are a group of butterflies out west, not a single species. There is a section on them in your Kauffman's guide.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 13, 2010
10:57 PM

Post #8155088

Very cool BF Cat.
DATURA12
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2010
11:32 AM

Post #8155788

lepfarmer wrote:SingWolf:

Not all your "ladies" are necessarily West Coast Ladies -- you could also get American Lady and Painted Lady. You're lucky that you get all three in your area.

Your "Buckwheat Blue" isn't. It's a Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus).

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


DATURA12
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2010
11:33 AM

Post #8155790

Dale, your fimbriata seeds went out today...Enjoy!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
12:28 PM

Post #8155861

Wow ... this is what I just found amid my parsley here in upper Middle Tennessee on 10/14/2010 at 2 pm! Can you see them???

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Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
12:53 PM

Post #8155896

... and their two fine fat siblings!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 14, 2010
2:18 PM

Post #8156085

Nice! Late babies. Guess those would be your spring butterflies

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
3:11 PM

Post #8156177

This is my second bunch of BS cats on this parsley, first was in May or June on the same flat-leaf parsley plant except it was smaller then. Guess they really like that particular plant for egg laying. Hopefully the weather will be mild enough for awhile to get them grown and on their way without freezing. I was astonished to find them.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2010
4:16 PM

Post #8156272

They will make their chrysalis before bad weather sets in and over-winter there. They will emerge as adults in the spring.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
4:28 PM

Post #8156300

That's good news. I had thought perhaps they would make it to adulthood soon and be on their way. Will they make the chrysalis where they are or ?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 14, 2010
4:46 PM

Post #8156332

BST cats usually crawl off and use a solid structure or plant. I have had them in lot of different areas. If you want to know where they are, then cage and feed them; just keep them in the outside environment. When they make their chrysalis you can leave them in the cage, or pin them up on a fence where they get the morning sun and semi sheltered from hard rains that might disloge them.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
4:53 PM

Post #8156346

Cool ... thanks for the info!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
5:01 PM

Post #8156364

Aren't these people smart???? Sometimes I'm amazed at the amount of knowledge on these forums!

Datura- What is Fimbriata?

Hi all. I wanted to let you know, I have a bunch of Purple Wandering Jew in 2 whiskey barrells (I use it in front of other plants to trail over the rim) that is going to freeze this winter. I bring a bunch of it in, but there is more than I want to mess with. I can send 7 or 8 branches in a manilla envelope for around $2.74. I've send some out already. I would send it out for a flat $2.50 (I would prefer postage) rather than try to keep track of how much postage is on each of them. I will try to get as close to that rate as I can when I package them. I will be sending it out until it is gone. Most of them already have roots on them.
Soooooooooooo, if you want some just let me know. You can send me your addy by dmail. I mail out on Monday-Wednesday so they make it before the weekend.

Crit

TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 14, 2010
5:05 PM

Post #8156371

I forget that chrysalids overwinter for some folks :o) snicker snicker

What can I say - much as I detest the 100+ summers the cool to warm winters are always pleasant :o)

Lots of eggs, caterpillars, chrysalids and butterflies about now. It keeps getting better as the fall season progresses!!! Our butterfly festival and NABA Bi-ennial meeting are coming up. YIPPEE!!! We'll also be having our fall season butterfly count on the 28th of this month. Am hoping to get lots of photos in the coming weeks!!!

Got a call at work today from one of the local nurseries I periodically visit. One of the guys had 'swallowtail caterpillars' and wanted to know if I wanted them. Said yes, and stopped by on the way home from work.

Turns out they are Tersa Sphinx caterpillars...and lots of them!!!! SWEET!!! I love the look of those caterpillars!!! He also had two cocoons that a customer brought in - I believe it is a Forbes Silkmoth - but the customer cut open the cocoon to find out what was inside - so now I have a naked cocoon - what do you call the 'chrysalis' that a moth forms inside the silk cocoon?

Here's the Tersa cats :o) They are sooooooo cute!!! I have several pentas but they are most likely going to polish them off in a few more days. I read they also eat firebush (hamelia patens) so I put sprigs of that into their cage. Do hope they take to the firebush because I've got about 30 feet of driveway hedge of that!!!

Has anyone raised Tersa Sphinx on anything other than penta???

~ Cat

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 14, 2010
5:08 PM

Post #8156373

..and here is the naked cocoon. It wiggles so it is still alive but am not sure if it will eclose properly without having the silk cocoon to squeeze out of. Anyone know??? Sphinx and other moths that form the 'hard shell' cocoon eclose just fine - but really not sure about the moths that are inside silk cocoons.

Dale, do you know???

~ Cat

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 14, 2010
5:09 PM

Post #8156375

AWESOME for you!!!!! I have seen several either Monarch or Viceroy flitting about the yard and feeding on the zinnia's. I've never been able to get over to them to see which they were before they flitted away.

Say, I have a bunch of Purple Wandering Jew in 2 whiskey barrells (I use it in front of other plants to trail over the rim) that is going to freeze this winter. I bring a bunch of it in, but there is more than I want to mess with. I can send 7 or 8 branches in a manilla envelope for around $2.74. I've send some out already. I would send it out for a flat $2.50 (I would prefer postage) rather than try to keep track of how much postage is on each of them. I will try to get as close to that rate as I can when I package them. I will be sending it out until it is gone. Most of them already have roots on them.
Soooooooooooo, if you want some just let me know. You can send me your addy by dmail. I mail out on Monday-Wednesday so they make it before the weekend.

Crit

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2010
4:24 AM

Post #8156900

Question -- What else do the BST cats like to eat besides parsley?? Don't know if I have enough of that left to feed all four. Looks like they have very robust appetites!

Crit, I would like some of the WJ. I will Dmail you.
Roly0217
Miami, FL
(Zone 10b)

October 15, 2010
7:54 AM

Post #8157215

Cville_Gardener wrote:Question -- What else do the BST cats like to eat besides parsley?? Don't know if I have enough of that left to feed all four. Looks like they have very robust appetites!

Crit, I would like some of the WJ. I will Dmail you.


They will also eat dill and fennel. I've had mines eat both the parsley and the dill. Never found fennel so couldn't see if they would eat it or not but that's what I've read and I think rue too but I'm not too sure on that one.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2010
8:00 AM

Post #8157228

My dill and fennel are both gone for the year. Anything else?

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2010
8:10 AM

Post #8157244

You can go to the grocery store and buy some parsley, but be sure to wash it very well to get rid of any sprays, then you can keep it in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2010
10:14 AM

Post #8157422

Guess I could. Could buy fennel or dill too but that fennel is kinda pricey. I'd best stick with the parsley. Thanks!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 15, 2010
1:57 PM

Post #8157782

BSTs also use Rue as a host plant...you might find some at a nursery that carries herbs.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 15, 2010
2:02 PM

Post #8157792

Just found BST cat #5 amid the parsley. Yay!
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 16, 2010
9:41 PM

Post #8160068

Okay, it's a Gray Hairstreak, but DH will continue to call it a Buckwheat Blue.
WIB!
SW
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 17, 2010
5:33 AM

Post #8160263

SingingWolf:

Sorry to hear about your memory issues and glad that you're improving. The nice thing is that the butterflies don't really care what we call them! :) Since my site deals with butterflies of north Texas, it probably won't be nearly as helpful to you as the one I listed below. It's for butterflies of California and is run by one of the most knowledgeable people in your state, Art Shapiro.
http://butterfly.ucdavis.edu/butterfly/common

Keeping a list of butterflies you find in your yard is great fun and it can also be very helpful in knowing what to expect from year to year -- especially if you add in dates of when you see things. You'll soon begin to be able to predict what will show and when.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2010
6:45 AM

Post #8160340

I am still seeing a few viceroy, and a bunch of the yellow sulphers (cloudless?). Still have a lot of skippers too.

Haven't seen a hummingbird for 2 weeks now. :-( Today is the day I take down the rest of the feeders. I had taken some down already, but left a couple in case there were straglers. All I'm feeding now are wasp and honey bees. lol

Have a blessed day!
Crit
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 17, 2010
2:58 PM

Post #8160981

Lepfarmer,
You are very kind to share the link with me. I am trying to get b.flys to come into my yard and have been planting with that in mind. This is the first year, I've been able to get many photos of Bflys. Dad always said find out where they go, and then sit and wait for them to show up. I have noticed they like to feast on flowers in the sunshine, not in the shade.
I'm great at observing, and will take notes, which is a really great suggestion! : - )
Thanks again, Dale.
Crit, I'm sorry to hear about the hummers, and a little envious about your b.flies. : - )
Hope you have a good day too!
WIB!
SW

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2010
4:08 PM

Post #8161071

OH Cat those moths are awwwwwesome! Glad to hear things are doing well down south, I've only been seeing a few sulphurs lately, and a monarch here or there.

don't forget to wash and dry your new host plant or you might killyour cats like I did this year!

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2010
4:14 PM

Post #8161078

That's my concern. So far my 5 are still alive and well and a couple of them are getting BIG. My parsley plant grew large over the summer so I seem to have a lot to feed them, hopefully without supplementing. I'm lovin' watching them grow. :-)
TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 17, 2010
5:21 PM

Post #8161216

Okay...now I know those guys at the local nursery have me on their speed dial! One of them called me up to say a customer dropped off a bunch of swallowtail cats (why is everything a swallowtail cat?) Was relaxing at home but said I'd hop in the car and go pick them up.

No, they weren't swallowtail cats...and thank God they weren't more Tersa Sphinx cats!

Turns out they were Grape Leaf Skeletonizer moth caterpillars. UGH!!! Told 'em I didn't want them as they truly are pests and they could get rid of them :o)

I missed out on some good butterflies at the NBC park today. That's what I get for doing housework!!!

They had an Isabella Heliconian, Ruby-spotted Swallowtail, Pale-spotted Leafwing, Texas Powdered Skipper, Red-bordered Pixies and other good stuff.

Well, ya'll know where I'll be at tomorrow!!!

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 17, 2010
6:55 PM

Post #8161401

I also had some Gulf Frits and red spotted purples today. Haven't seen the , or ? ... they must of left.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2010
10:05 PM

Post #8161612

Well ok it is tomorrow Cat...were are the pictures??

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2010
7:31 AM

Post #8164068

Butterflies are very sparse now but there are still a few to be seen if you look anound in the right places!

A very tired & worn looking Viceroy.

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nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 19, 2010
7:32 AM

Post #8164070

And a small looking Buckeye.

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TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 19, 2010
12:58 PM

Post #8164549

Ah...was at the NBC park Monday but a group of Texas Parks and Wildlife officers and some folks came in for a tour of the park. We didn't get to see the Isabella heliconian or the pale spotted leafwing but a couple of two barred flashers and a malachite made appearances. Since they are butterflies I've already photographed a gazillion times I let the newbies have at 'em :o)

Didn't get to go today and Mom came into town and we spent yesterday afternoon and most of today running errands. Got a yard guy scheduled to come in and weed for me...so that's another day or two lost.

Sigh...my vacation is going by much too fast!!!
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

October 19, 2010
3:31 PM

Post #8164792

It's raining here, no b.fly, or h.birds to be found. : - (
WIB!
SW

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2010
3:40 PM

Post #8164816

I remember rain ... sigh!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 19, 2010
5:18 PM

Post #8165015

We got a little rain today. 3/4 inch. Better than nuttin' honey.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
5:51 AM

Post #8165742

You can say that again, Crit. We didn't get a drop. :-(

We are now one man down on the cats ... the smallest one didn't make it. But the other four are getting quite large and spunky!! And the parsley is holding out but definitely starting to look like caterpillars are eating it. ;-)

How long will these BST cats be in this stage?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2010
6:54 AM

Post #8165834

It is hard to say, but once they are large they can pupate anytime. Don't move them if they aren't crawling or eating. They will settle on a place to make their chrysalis and lay down silk to attach themselves to with a sling. Then for one day will be in comma position before the chrysalis forms.

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
7:18 AM

Post #8165896

I haven't touched any of them except for the one that wandered onto the anise basil and looked bewildered. Moved it back to the parsley. Mine ("mine" lol) are large like that but still eating as of yesterday. I put a little wire screening around the area but it is not totally enclosed. But it is fairly sheltered where they are. I don't think the birds will go there since it's nearly under the carport and sheltered behind the rain barrel. I'm hopeful.

Thanks for the info.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2010
10:50 AM

Post #8166175

Oh, sorry, I thought you had caged them. Well they will disappear soon and crawl around for a while until they can go up. Perhaps the top of the screen you have there. So you know what to look for. They will over-winter in the chrysalis and emerge in spring.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
11:10 AM

Post #8166197

I hope they do crawl up the screening where I can find and see them. They are all sitting or hanging on thicker parsley stems that they've eaten right now and I do see that comma shape when they are hanging on there so I get what you mean by that. I've seen all the various stages before but never watched them from beginning to end. This is extremely interesting.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2010
11:23 AM

Post #8166216

Likely that the are going to go wayyyyy past your screening. My first one wandered in the cage for 45 minutes. Another escapee was found halfway across the garage in an empty box/styrofoam. Only once did I ever see one just settle down where it was. That was a late season one so maybe you'll be lucky.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
1:33 PM

Post #8166465

Yes, I'm hoping the cooler weather will slow them down a bit. Maybe.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
3:58 PM

Post #8166672

Still have lots of skippers around, and saw a red admiral today. My back was really bothering me so I didn't walk around the yard too much. After I get some of the proper plants, maybe I will get to watch them too.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2010
5:28 PM

Post #8166831

Crit be careful with the back...from one that has has two back surgeries! It is a gardening hazard. Get you a kneeler with handles to help you up.

Cville...just realized that stands for Clarksville...LOL! Been through there on vacation, nice town.
Look back at the large stalks of parsley where you saw the cats in the comma and see if you see a brown or green chrysalis. They usually don't move once they form the sling.

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Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 20, 2010
5:36 PM

Post #8166848

I had my back fused at L4, L5 and S1 December '07. Also had my neck done at C4-C5-C6 December '09. Now my knees are going and I've gotten arthritis in my thumbs! I feel like I am falling apart like a house of cards!

BUT, I still love my gardening. DH and DS are great about helping me put pots where I want them and dig holes where I need them. They know how much I love my gardening and flowers, so they humor me and help me out all I need.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 20, 2010
7:39 PM

Post #8167026

That's nice of them to help you out! I had C5-7 done in 2008. I refused to get it done until after the garden was "in", so I know what you're saying about the importance of gardening!

Took this picture November 6, 2008. This is the one that didn't really wander much.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 20, 2010
10:32 PM

Post #8167330

What we gardeners do for our love of gardening!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2010
3:37 AM

Post #8167403

No kidding. LOL

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2010
4:01 AM

Post #8167418

LOL ... we've just been here in Cville for a little over a year but really am enjoying it. Except for this awful drought. Phooey. But I'm still gardening. :-D)))

Wow, you've got some great pics. I checked 'my' cats yesterday and they were on the move again and eating ... guess they were just practicing and hanging out waiting for the sun to hit them. ;-)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2010
4:04 AM

Post #8167419

LOL again -- Crit even tries to find homes for her cuttings and prunings. ;-) As someone said, once a gardener, always a gardener. As painful as it is on occasion. Sometimes I think some of us were born with an extra 'gardening gene'.
TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 21, 2010
7:06 AM

Post #8167656

Well I plucked a few BST cats off the fennel and put them into a cage - had also put in several twigs for them to climb up once they were ready to pupate but nooooo...they had to sling themselve to the pot of fennel!

~ Cat

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2010
7:37 AM

Post #8167701

Mine are all just hanging around this morning. One is down amid the thick stems of the parsley in a more upright position so I'm keeping an eye on him (or her). I don't see a chrysalis or the slings yet but these fat cats are getting so big! They eat well. :-)

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 21, 2010
9:04 AM

Post #8167841

Too funny cat!! You have triplets!
TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 21, 2010
10:01 AM

Post #8167901

Yes, triplets...and I thought for sure the fourth would join them but it decided to pupate on a fennel stem - you can barely make it out on the eaten stems :o)

~ Cat
TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 21, 2010
10:05 AM

Post #8167908

Happy to say 7 of the 10 Tersa Sphinx moths have pupated. One still in the process as can be seen in the photo. One didn't make it - it turned to mush while pupating - do hope these weren't parasitized. The smallest of the bunch is still eating pentas in the yard.

~ Cat

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2010
12:10 PM

Post #8168072

Cool. :-)
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 21, 2010
6:31 PM

Post #8168682

You've got that right C'villle. I hate to see my little 'babies' die when I might be able to find a home for them. LOL You know the old saying...Waste not, want not. I'm quite frugal.

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2010
3:27 AM

Post #8168975

I'm the same way, kiddo. I hate to remove things out of the yard and garden and don't until they are practically dead (or more). But I know that's not such a bad thing cause our critter friends like to forage among the dying and dead leaves and stuff. Just looks kinds wonky. I've got a tomato out there that struggled throught the long hot summer and didn't produce a thing. But did I pull it up? No. Once it turned cooler it commenced flowering and setting a dozen or so tomatoes. I trimmed off all the dead stuff and kept it going. I've picked two small tomatoes so far. It still has some little tomaotes on it. Anyone else would have pulled it up a month or two ago. But not me. I call it the Adams Family Tomato. It's pitiful looking. I've probably spent more watering it than I've gotten in tomatoes. :-D)))
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2010
4:29 AM

Post #8169019

Me too! LOL I got a pitiful few small tomatoes this summer. I did finally quit watering the ones along the front fence, and haven't checked them lately. However, I have a hanging tomato I got one *small* tomato from, plus one that I have in a pot (it is the 'top' of the one in the upside down hanger that I pinched off and put in dirt) and one in a pot that I found growing among the canna's I planted. Those 3 now have tomato's on them. LOL. Hopefully I will get some regular size tomato's from them before I bring them in. I have some bloom set that I am going to try to keep them going over the winter and hopefully get more tomato's. :-))

I LOVE the changing seasons, however, packing plants around is a pain in the b... ...er... neck. (Literally!!!!) tee hee

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2010
5:03 AM

Post #8169044

I hear you ... I finally stopped watering some things too cause the hose doesn't reach all the way to the back and sides of the yard ... and I tired of toting pails of water. I may have lost the little Japanese maple I planted earlier in the year. :-( Time will tell.

I have heard that you can cut off tomato branches that still have small green tomatoes on them and hang them in a cool garage or some place like that and those will ripen. Is that true? I will be interested to her about how yours over-winter. I luv tomatoes! :-)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2010
10:07 AM

Post #8169477

Here's an updated shot of the fine fat four ... one is sort of down low in the middle.

Crit, the cuttings arrived today. My, they are nice and healthy looking! ... and they are in great shape considering they just spent a few days inside an envelope going through the mail. Right now they are in a vase of water rehydrating. Thanks again!

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
1:27 PM

Post #8169751

Green tomatoes can be picked and wrapped in newspapers to redden/mature. Might prolong your tomato season a couple of weeks...

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2010
1:34 PM

Post #8169765

Thanks ... that's good to know. It was 38 last night and we've had several light frosts so I don't know how much longer these can stay on the vine. I may just pick these and stash them in the garage.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 22, 2010
4:41 PM

Post #8170093

Mine are too small to pick. They are the size of large marbles. LOL

Glad the starts arrived well.

I have never heard about hanging the cut tomato vines in the garage. I will let you know how my over-wintering tomato's do. I hope they will produce.
I went and looked at the ones on the fence today, and the tops are still pretty and green with blooms on them. Didn't go all the way out, got sidetracked, to see if there were any 'maters on them.

They are calling for Thursday to be 66/41. May start digging and potting some of the things in the ground I need to bring in, and the little banana trees. I think the great big ones will be OK for a while.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 22, 2010
6:50 PM

Post #8170290

A Question Mark was out front today!!

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Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Highland Rim of TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

October 23, 2010
3:29 AM

Post #8170832

So pretty!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

October 23, 2010
4:34 AM

Post #8170877

I saw the red spotted purple again yesterday afternoon, and a Gulf Fritterarly
TexasPuddyPrint
Edinburg, TX

October 25, 2010
12:36 PM

Post #8175345

New thread link as this one is getting a tad toooo long :o)

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1137149/

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2010
6:43 AM

Post #8179025

Still quite a few of the small Fiery Skippers around...

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2010
6:45 AM

Post #8179028

These photos were taken on Monday...I was real surprised to see this Buckeye!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2010
6:45 AM

Post #8179029

and had an Red Admiral too!!

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2010
6:47 AM

Post #8179031

and the last one was a Silver-spotted Skipper. I am sure there will not be many more sightings here. But I will be watching!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 27, 2010
6:50 AM

Post #8179035

Nice, Nanny, at least you are getting some!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 27, 2010
6:51 AM

Post #8179040

oops thought I was on the new thread! lol
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

October 31, 2010
7:21 PM

Post #8187663

Helloooo everyone checkin in again I cant believe that its almost the end of the season again:(
Still have a few things going on here but definitely slowing down. I have been playing with a new camera and have a few pics to share.

Tpp. That is a very cool looking butterfly, very unique.

Glad to see that we had a very good season all around, there were many great pics and like I have said before I think this is the best forum.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 1, 2010
9:40 AM

Post #8188443

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1137149/
Thread is now over there...

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