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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
4:16 PM

Post #8649823

Found this pair of mating Pearl Crescents a couple of weeks ago and was so grateful to see them, since activity has been slow.

We came from here (super collection from Bob_71 at the end):
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1173774/


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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8649829

Don't laugh at this awful picture, but it is the only one I have of a Viceroy. I had just parked at my Mom's house and look who decided to land on the windshield.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8649842

I bet I would be proud of it too Marna...never seen one of those or Red Spotted Purple in person...keep waiting.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8649856

Luckily I had seen one before, but never photographed. Sneaky butterflies!

This Saturday (knock wood, fingers crossed, etc.) I'm hoping to make my first butterfly monitoring run to Nachusa. The weather has been simply awful to try and go. As you may remember me saying, conditions have to be right for monitoring. 70+ degrees, light winds, more than 50% sunny. Combining all those things with a day that I am free to do it has been really tough. Even if I don't see very many, that is really important to document. Last year my first run was on the 16th of June. So I'm only a week behind from that. Regal Fritillaries should be flying by now. We'll see.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 23, 2011
4:35 PM

Post #8649865

Wish you success with the weather for the count. Also look forward to seeing any pics you might share.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 23, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8649877

Thank you very much for the new thread!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8649905

You're welcome Nanny, and thanks Sheila. Gosh I hope I get some decent numbers. My first monitor date last year was 6/16, then 6/24. So I'm a week behind from then. I'm supposed to start June 1 though. The Regal Fritillaries should be flying right now. Fingers crossed.
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

June 23, 2011
6:35 PM

Post #8650106

Welcome all new comers, to the best forum DG has to offer! over 300 posts on the last thread is that a new record? Many many beautiful pics to look at.

Mrs_Ed why am I on your windshield? (ha ha) hope you do well with your count this weekend. I have a few pics left from the weekend.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2011
6:38 PM

Post #8650116

Thanks Mrs. Ed for the new thread. I too looking forward to seeing your pics. on your monitor run. Have ton of fun, hope Bob and others that are lucky to have a good number of butterflies continue to share until we get them.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2011
6:39 PM

Post #8650121

Lovely Sulpher, Viceroy. Hehehehe about your comment to Mrs. Ed. lol
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

June 23, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8650125

I got this picture of this hairstreak and I was very happy I was lucky enough to find him sunbathing.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 23, 2011
6:47 PM

Post #8650152

Oh, Vicerory, love that shot!

I guess you are on my windshield because you are a TEASE! Ha.

Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

June 23, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8650203

yeah I get that alot.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 23, 2011
7:11 PM

Post #8650215

Viceroy and Mrs. Ed. that's too funny. Viceroy, that hairstreak shot is really rare. I don't even think I've ever seen its with wings open like it. They usually are folded and rubbing while they're seen landing on a leave or nectaring.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 24, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8650981

Fantastic shot Viceroy!!

Something is not right with the 3 BST chrysalis I have. I think I will call this year a washout. Will just let nature take its course and maybe there will be some cats on the fennel in a few weeks. All the new fennel I planted seems to be taking except one. So that will be good for next year!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 24, 2011
5:49 AM

Post #8650995

Sorry to hear about the 3 BST cats Nan. I've not seen not a one here. :((

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2011
6:06 AM

Post #8651024

Sorry nanny on the BST problems, bet it is those parasites again. At least by bringing them in you can kill the larva inside before it matures.

Not a bf but I was excited to see this HB moth last evening.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2011
6:08 AM

Post #8651027

After it took nectar a while it stopped and rested. Only thing I see them on here are the phlox.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 24, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8651032

I found a Queen cat last night, first thing other than the dreaded Swamp MW beetles that has eaten my mw this year. Here are some more beetles, just hatched evidentally because this morning the leaf is lace. That leaf was a small one I just happened to turn over looking for eggs. I couldn't tell for sure what the red spots were until I looked at the picture. So they will be history for sure.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 24, 2011
6:38 AM

Post #8651071

boo beetles, yay queen!

I think that's the clearwing that hosts on honeysuckle, Sheila. I had an egg and cat last year, but didn't raise it. I think it wound up being bird food.

Sorry about the cats Nanny. I know how that goes.

Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8651284

Spring Azure, always one of my earliest ones.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8651295

Cabbage White, another of my earlier ones.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2011
8:17 AM

Post #8651303

The only Variegated Fritillary so far.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 24, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8651305

Dun Skipper

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

June 24, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8652492

Love that VF pic, Bob. Great shots.

Russell

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2011
10:41 AM

Post #8653835

Haven't see one VF this year...nice one Bob!

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 25, 2011
4:15 PM

Post #8654279

It rained on and off today so I decided it was cool enough to do a lap around the house. I still ended up sweaty due to the humidity, but it was good to get out and check the plants. My tomatoes are awesome! (Mortgage Lifter and Homestead varieties, FYI.) The reason I grabbed the camera was that I saw this Hairstreak on the way in. He nicely waited for me to get my camera; he's nectaring on Bidens spp. We call them Spanish Needles because of the seeds - they stick to you like you wouldn't believe!

Don't forget to submit your sightings to BAMONA at http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org I know we have lots of anecdotal evidence on here, but let's turn it into cold, hard facts and science!

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 25, 2011
4:18 PM

Post #8654284

And the Gulf Frits continue to eat my passiflora "Lavender Lady". Meanwhile, the p. caerulea is plentiful - I might transplant a few caterpillars. I'd like to see a bloom just once!

Melanie

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2011
5:06 PM

Post #8654380

Monitoring today was not too bad…

The "stars", Regal Fritillary

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8654381

Second in line, the Aphrodite Fritillary

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8654383

And to round out the Fritillaries, the Meadow Frit.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 25, 2011
5:59 PM

Post #8654475

Those frits are super!

Welcome to Chris ...he posted on the previous thread. I think that may be a polyphemus moth in your first picture. Look it up and see if you think so.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 25, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8654552

My devil's trumpets are going to start blooming tonight. I have 2 with buds unfurling, one white and one purple. Hoping to get some of the moths that like them!
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8654762

Thank you for the welcomes here and the other thread :) I'll check out the moth you mentioned, Sheila..I know he was a beauty!

and just an fyi .. Chris is short for Christine :-) Hard to tell without a pic LOL!!!

waving Hi to Crit.. we've done several swaps with each other..

burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2011
8:44 PM

Post #8654817

Thanks for the new thread Mrs-Ed, happy to hear the butterfly monitoring went well. Love the Fritillary shots you got.


I found this female at the bottom of my garage door.
Polyphemus Moth

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2011
8:47 PM

Post #8654821

Here's another shot of it.

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2011
9:01 PM

Post #8654846

Sheila, you're right about mine.. it's definitely the Polyphemus Moth and I believe mine is a male.

I feel kinda short-changed cause he didn't have himself all spread out like some of the pics in the BugFiles, so I didn't realize that he had more than just the two "eyes" on his wings. I'm going to put my pic here again in order to compare it to burn's female.. these are so beautiful and so HUGE! One pic in the BugFiles is of a moth on someone's hand and it really shows off the size :)

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2011
9:05 PM

Post #8654855

Here's one that I took last summer near Burlington IA in the SE corner of the state. I'm not sure what the name of this one is..I'm pretty ignorant of butterfly names other than the Monarch :)

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2011
9:07 PM

Post #8654860

Good photo for size comparison, Clan. Your right, yours is a male.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 25, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8654867

Clan, it's a Buckeye, Yakmon has one posted, on the previous thread. Great shot!!!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 26, 2011
7:49 AM

Post #8655386

waving back at Chris ~~~~~~~~~~ You will learn the names of butterflies really quick here on this thread. Lots of nice people. You'll love it here.

Great pics burn!
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2011
9:57 AM

Post #8655580

Thanks for the ID and the compliment, burn! I think later today when the rains get here, I'll go back through some of the old threads and see what names I can learn. I love butterfly pics, and dragonflies..and bees LOL.. in fact, I'm out of here right now to go to a local park and see what I can find!

Here's a monarch from last summer..I love this pic because it shows off the "polka dots". :)

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 26, 2011
1:10 PM

Post #8655890

Lovely Buckeye, and nice Monarch too.


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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 26, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8656301

Glad you saw some on your monitoring route Marna! Nice one burn & clan! Nothing here...but I did buy a butterfly bush today and got it planted.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8656396

Nan, here is hoping you'll get lots of visitors to the newly planted butterfly bush. Marna, that's a very nice list of Fritillaries you've seen on the monitoring route. Love those photos you've shared Christine.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

June 26, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8656550

Nice pics Mrs Ed, burn and Clan! Man...the butterflies have dried up in South Texas! I saw 1 unidentified skipper this weekend and NOTHING else. Between the hot windy conditions and the drought, I guess the BFs are elsewhere at the moment. I hope the fall is better for sightings. I got spoiled in the spring seeing as many as 10 different types in the back yard in one day.

I just have to water enough to keep some flowers around for the fall return.

Russell
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 26, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8656567

No butterflies here today either, but a lone dragon fly was present.

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2011
7:19 PM

Post #8656609

I went out to Walnut Woods State Park.. didn't find any that would hold still long enough to let me get a picture lol..(honestly, I think I saw a grand total of 3 different ones) but no wildflowers out there either :( This was really the first time I've gone to this particular park..love the bird blind that they've put up, but the hiking trail was nothing but green (which is alot better than brown or white!!!)

Cem, love that dragonfly..reminds me of the ones down in Oklahoma City where I lived :)
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

June 26, 2011
7:26 PM

Post #8656634

Fantastic shots everyone! Mrs_Ed the Frits are outstanding, how were your overall numbers? Do you have a comparison to last year? Too tired to upload pics I'll try tomorrow.
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 26, 2011
7:58 PM

Post #8656699

I found this tiny white either day moth or butterfly. It's smaller than an Azure about half it's size. Searched for it, but couldn't find it. Does anyone know what it is? I will ask in the Bug ID thread also.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 26, 2011
8:06 PM

Post #8656724

burn, i'm guessing it's a moth because I don't see any clear "club" on the antennae.

viceroy, the numbers were way down from a year ago the same time. Can't say I'm surprised with this springs' weather, but TWO sulphurs this year to 70 on 6/24/10… that's substantial. Hopefully we'll see some recovery. Regal Frit numbers were down too, but looked like the aphrodites were up.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8657073

I've seen several butterflies in my yard this year, but never can get them to set still long enough for pics. Hopefully, as the flowers start to bloom they will be here. I also brought the old fruit plate in yesterday to refill it with fresh. Flowers are late this year because we had such a cool April and May, a lot of them didn't get out until end of May/first of June.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2011
4:30 AM

Post #8657074

Also ... lots of dragonflies. I'm near the lake and they love my pool.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 27, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8657181

Crit, you may have more host plants than you realize around you. If you are seeing butterflies, they are coming for a reason. Check out Dale's site under "butterfly gardening" at the lists there. http://www.dallasbutterflies.com
Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 27, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8657409

Some very nice shots in here...especially those by Viceroy, mellielong and Mrs. Ed!

Bob

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8657480

Thanks Bob.

You know it's a slow butterfly day when you are excited to see a cabbage white.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8657482

First Comma of the year. Looks like it's not a young 'un either.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
8:16 AM

Post #8657484

Same one with a red admiral pal in the background.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
8:18 AM

Post #8657486

And Red Admiral alone. Hard to believe that last year at this time I was having 20 or so of these.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8657542

Love all those beauties, even the cabbage white. Thanks Mrs. Ed for the pics. I saw a Black form TST maybe flitting about but she wouldn't slow down for a photo session. lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
9:07 AM

Post #8657551

i hate when they won't land! LOL.

When I monitor, I have to be certain of the ID. There were a ton of fritillaries that were likely Aphrodities, but if they don't stop long enough for me to confirm, they go in the "Unknown" category. grrrr.

jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2011
10:58 AM

Post #8657750

Cleverly blending in, Great Spangled Fritillary

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2011
10:59 AM

Post #8657752

Red Admiral

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2011
11:01 AM

Post #8657758

Cabbage White inside Peruvian Daffodil

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2011
11:03 AM

Post #8657764

Dragonfly

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 27, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8658232

Some very nice photos J.
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 27, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8658397

Love the one with the Great Spangled Frit- it would be very easy to miss seeing that beauty!

here's the one dragonfly that I saw out at Walnut Woods..never could get him to open his wings lol Don't these guys know that we want perfect pictures! :)

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 27, 2011
8:56 PM

Post #8658990

Chris, I believe you've got an Ebony Jewelwing Damselfly there (male).
Female has spots on wing.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 28, 2011
3:25 AM

Post #8659227

Christine and J, wow! Those guys and gals (damselfies) are gorgeous!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

June 28, 2011
3:56 AM

Post #8659266

Jim ... LOVE that Peruvian Daffodil!!!!!!! Never seen anything like it!

The frit and cabbage white are like picture of "Where's Waldo"... lol

Great pics everyone!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 28, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8659402

Nice plants and bfs! Love the dainty Damsels too.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 29, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8662171

First Hackberry Emperor of the year.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 29, 2011
10:56 AM

Post #8662172

and…

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2011
12:00 PM

Post #8662284

Nice Emperor!
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

June 30, 2011
12:08 AM

Post #8663431

Summer Azure

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2011
5:09 AM

Post #8663607

I was touring Frostweeds garden the other day and saw my second Hackberry Emperor, they are even in short supply down here. No Gulf Frits, none of the normal except Black Swallowtail. I sure hope where you guys are that have bf that they stay safe and multiply. Very sad in our gardens here.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
5:26 AM

Post #8663634

pretty sad here too. not even the flurry of cabbage whites.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8663647

I planted cabbage thisyear for the whites and never saw them.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2011
5:52 AM

Post #8663666

I'm hoping for a rebound. Not many are seen here either. :((

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
7:04 AM

Post #8663772

Dismal. :((
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2011
10:46 AM

Post #8664216

What's going on with the lack of bfs this year. This is really unusual not to see any here. My bumblebees are back and enjoyning the blooms. I don't understand what's happened to our butterfly population.

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

June 30, 2011
12:42 PM

Post #8664469

I wish I could add some photos but it's been raining for days here. Not that I'm complaining; we need the rain. Love the photos everyone has been posting - lots of butterflies I don't see at all or very often. I'll be traveling up to West Virginia in a little over a week; I hope I'll get some good shots to share while I'm up visiting Grandma. In the meantime, I'll hide from the rain like the butterflies are doing!

Melanie

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8664771

Well since so many of the butterflies begin in the southern part of Texas and on down in Mexico; I feel it is from our massive wildfires following a very harsh winter even down in lower Texas. I know in my yard, I have not seen half of the species I usually see. Only now am I seeing one maybe two a day including skippers, which I rarely noticed before.
I am so praying for a end to this drought in TX, we need those wildflowers that help the Monarchs on their return in the fall.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8664824

Wishing to the drought will let off for Tx soon, Sheila. Look, have a got myself a Redspotted purple?

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 30, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8664843

You do indeed!!! Congratulations!! I have yet to see one of those in person, good job.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 30, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8664850

Wooohooo, thank you, thank you. Now I'm getting to know my butterflies.
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
6:21 PM

Post #8665087

Oh, you all have made me so sad :( I was coming on here tonight to ask about my area and the lack of butterflies..I was thinking it was just here. I've been to 2 different state parks and no BFs. I hope it's just a fluke this year..maybe it has something to do with the El Nina or whatever cycle we're in right now.

Sigh..not good at all
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8665102

Ok, since I don't have any to show off yet..do you mind if I show a few from last year? This one I saw in August last year..

I've realized that when you kind people tell me what I've photographed, I will go back to my pics and rename it..then I'll be able to ID them from now on :)

Edited to add: Is this a pearl crescent? I just looked at the top of this thread and I do believe it is :)

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 30, 2011
6:31 PM

Post #8665109

Here's a dragonfly found the same day as the last pic.. I love the color of the wings on this one :)

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

July 1, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8665688

I've had some BSP's here this spring. Not as many BF's or Hummers as usual here either. Flowers are just starting to bloom. Had some kind of skipper on the zinnia's the other day.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2011
1:19 PM

Post #8666512

I have a butterfly to post!!!
I finally saw a Gulf Frit today! I only got a couple of pics and off it went...can't tell if it was female but sure hope this is an indicator they are returning. I was told we have experienced more for several years because they have overwintered in our area and had the evergreen passiflora in abundance, however due to the freezes this year very little survived. This year is actually their normal pattern of slowly migrating from the south. So I have hope they will rebound since they usually multiply well.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 1, 2011
1:25 PM

Post #8666534

What's a good sight to see. Thanks Sheila for sharing that with us.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 1, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8666553

Sorry forgot to add...yes that is a Pearl Crescent Christine...good id. As for the dragonfly, can't say, I used to have a link to a great id site for them but don't know what it was.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
6:36 PM

Post #8667021

O.K. all you knowledgable Butterfly people . . .I love butterflies but know very little about them. I have seen what I'm sure is an ultra-common butterfly flitting about my yard, but I don't have a clue what it is.

I know. . .the insect I.D. forum is probably where I should be, but this is more fun cause I get to look at all your beautiful pics!

I finally got a quick picture (they don't seem to 'park' very often). Though not the greatest shot I think it shows enough to tell what it is.

The following two pictures are the same, but I cropped one closer in case it helps show the markings better.


Thanks for allowing me to show you all how dumb I am with regards to butterflies!! If it were a bird we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
6:37 PM

Post #8667027

2nd view:

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
6:55 PM

Post #8667074

I'm going to say Aphrodite Fritillary on that.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 1, 2011
7:15 PM

Post #8667119

Wow, Mrs_Ed . . .Thanks for such a fast response!!

I thought it kind of looked like the one in your pictures, but I wasn't sure. I love the name!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
6:43 AM

Post #8667649

Well, you can see the "dots" on the underwing, so that rules out the Meadow Frit and Variegated Frit. The Meadow is small anyway. And it does not have the light band on the underside that the Great Spangled have. Plush, the Aphrodite is flying now in our area.
okcrow
East Dover, VT
(Zone 4b)

July 2, 2011
6:50 AM

Post #8667664

Getting an education reading this thread!

Here is a visitor to our porch at Cooper Hill Inn this morning.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
6:58 AM

Post #8667684

Those are so cool!!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2011
7:01 AM

Post #8667689

And a pretty male at that! Love that dark color Monardas the frit. was visiting too.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8667735

Pretty male Luna moth okcrow!

I don't get to see that beautiful A Frit down here, nice shot, and welcome to our thread nutsaboutnature!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8667837

Thanks so much, everyone!

I haven't seen very many of the large butterflies I actually recognize this year. I'm seeing mostly smaller, light-colored ones (white? yellow?).

The Monarda is 'Jacob Cline'. I just planted it late last spring for the Hummers. I'm constantly adding things that Hummers, Butterflies & Bees are supposed to like. Most of my yard is varying degrees of shade so I pick & choose the plants that need more sun or experiment by planting them in shade.

I'm so amazed at the beautiful variety in all your pictures. I've also managed to pick up from this thread that several (or most?) of you are raising (hosting?) butterflies & apparently there's been some sort of a terrible parasite this year.

There's so much to learn. I think I'll start by just trying to learn the names of a few. I've renamed my picture 'Aphrodite Fritillary' so I don't forget what it is.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2011
8:34 AM

Post #8667843

By far, I think natural disasters such as storm and wild fires atributed to the decline of butterflies this season? I'm a novice at raising butterflies, but would like to be a seasoned hostess of these beautiful little ones some day.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
9:04 AM

Post #8667889

Yes, Nuts, I think you picked a bad year to start being a butterfly watcher! Ha! I stand out in my garden with all the tasty flowers and nothing! Too wet of a spring both here and further south just is making this a bad year. Parasites we always have to deal with. You can get monarchs even at egg stage and still have the OE spores. boo! Be sure to check the sticky, and I have an old article about how some DGers raise butterflies. http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/2358/


And then I suffer from not having summer hummingbirds either. I have three kinds of Monarda. Someone from DG gave me a really pretty dark magenta one that has just started blooming. So far it is impressing me more than my others (red and lavender). It is sturdy and beautiful foliage right now. And it does not get a full day of sun. But still, no takers.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2011
9:29 AM

Post #8667920

Bet you have the 'rasberry wine' monarda mrsEd. I have it and the 'jacob cline', and the RW out grows and blooms it by far. I dont' see too many butterflies on it but the hummers are a staple, when they are around. They just seemed to arrive a few weeks ago. Maybe they are late like the bfs this year.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2011
9:30 AM

Post #8667923

close up of the RW.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
9:34 AM

Post #8667931

Wow Sheila. Yah, that looks pretty darn close to it. I got it last year but it did not bloom. I have a very small space, so I'm sure I'll have lots of give-aways!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8667933

Thank's for that great link, Marna! That's a wonderful, informative article you wrote. I've tagged it so I can find it easily.

I have hummingbirds all Spring & Summer (though they were a little late this year with the cooler temps). I don't get lots of them like some people do, but the ones I get come to my feeders all day. They don't always go to the flowers they're supposed to like, though . . .at least not while I'm looking.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
10:06 AM

Post #8667986

Wow, three more posts just while I was typing . . .course, I've never been a very fast typer. I was thinking 'Raspberry Wine' as well since it's one I've considered it for a long time. I've read it's one of the most resistent to mildew . . .and they are beautiful.

I have another monarda I planted last year that is just beginning to bloom. It's a dwarf variety called 'Grand Parade' & it's a beautiful lavender-purple-pink. It's supposed to grow to about 16", but the tallest buds are already 30"! I'll post a picture when the blooms open more.

The butterflies have been enjoying most of the flowers I've planted for the hummers as well as ones like the Gaillardia, which are just starting to bloom.

My delphiniums, gaillardias, nepeta & 'Jacob Cline' are all in a bed that is about half sun/half shade & they seem happy.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8668067

WOW, a first ever for me, yard or otherwise. I just happened to have a point and shoot camera on me (photographing the Monarda).

American Snout.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 2, 2011
12:15 PM

Post #8668173

Hey congrats!!! Very nice photo Marna!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8668185

A cute one, Marna.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
1:01 PM

Post #8668246

Beautiful pic!

It's so impressive how much you all know about these little guys. It's probably commonplace to you now, but from the outside-looking-in it's a real WOW!



Edited to fix 'typo'.

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Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8668373

Mrs_Ed, do you cut back your Monarda? I've had my first round of blooms, now what next?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8668579

no, i don't cut it back. I can't say about this raspberry variety, but the my red one will bloom again, but just a few, as I recall.


Oh and Melanie, if you're lurking… I put in my sighting at the Butterflies and moths.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 2, 2011
6:56 PM

Post #8668799

If you just dead head the spent blooms you may get more.
Cem9165
Duluth, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 2, 2011
6:58 PM

Post #8668805

Thanks for the info. Annette
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
6:59 PM

Post #8668811

I was actually able to get a few shots of butterflies today.. I was thrilled to get this swallowtail..but it wasn't until just now as I'm uploading it to my computer that I realized how he looks. Unreal..something got him pretty good :(

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
7:01 PM

Post #8668815

And this little guy.. I was getting desperate to get another BF lol... what is he?

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8668821

I couldn't get this one to open his wings for me..I stood there forever LOL..

BTW..does going to a Butterfly Garden qualify as "seeing a butterfly"? I just found out that there's one in Ames, so I'm thinking of going either tomorrow or Monday

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 2, 2011
7:07 PM

Post #8668823

Last pic for the night..not a BF, but I loved how the sun made him shine :)


good night everyone!



edited to fix my grammar.. good grief lol

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

July 3, 2011
5:04 AM

Post #8669196

nice pics! Love the dragon fly.

Russell

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
5:23 AM

Post #8669223

Christine, the little one is one of the many skippers and the second one is a Comma or Question Mark...I know just enough to confuse you! LOL!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 3, 2011
9:03 AM

Post #8669589

Great pics! I always have my camera in my pocket, but the one time I didn't I saw a great butterfly. Of course by the time I grabbed my camera, it had flitted away. It looked like a Gulf Fritterary only about twice the size. It was drinking where I was running my soaker hose and I startled it.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8669677

Hate when that happens!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:08 PM

Post #8670279

Chris, I'm going to disagree with Sheila on the skipper. If you zoom in and look closely, you can see the "tails". I'm guessing this is a female eastern tailed-blue. It was likely very tiny.

The other one is a Question Mark. you can *just* see the "eyebrow" above the dot. I know you don't know what I'm talking about, so I've posted a pix. The arrow points to the "eyebrow", or has mark above the three dots. On a Comma, this mark is missing.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:10 PM

Post #8670283

Monitored today. HUGE Regal and Aphrodite Fritillary numbers but everything else seems down.

Did see a few of these Common Woodnymphs

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
4:13 PM

Post #8670285

And the only other interesting photo, I interrupted this romantic interlude of Common Buckeye.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8670403

Oooh Marna...good catch, on the eastern tailed-blue. I haven't seen that one and didn't look close enough..my bad. I am learning more each day on here, like the id on the QM, didn't know to look for that!
LOve Love your buckeyes! I don't see them often enough and never mating pair. I have their host plants out the wazoo but they grow wild here in the fields too.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8670411

Nice photos of the butterflies, Marna.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 3, 2011
5:29 PM

Post #8670413

Eastern Tailed-Blue? I remember we've had many of them last year. Not this year. I haven't seen one here yet. That makes me blue. :(

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 3, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8670431

Thanks Sheila. I love the buckeyes. I always forget how small they really are. With those big eye spots I always think of them as a larger butterfly! I was lucky with these two, they were low in the grass and I just walked upon them and flushed them quite by accident. As far as the QM goes, I know that either Cat or Melanie was always saying something about how you could ID them from the top, but I never got it until I started monitoring and they covered it in a workshop. And at first glance, that blue did look fuzzy/skipperish. But I saw those dots right away so zoomed in. Sneaky blue!!

Lily, I don't start seeing the blues until later in August. But clearly if Chris saw one, they are in the area.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
9:17 PM

Post #8670826

I released four BST today...a few pics here.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
9:19 PM

Post #8670829

This one needed a bit more time to allow it's wings to harden, but I needed to go on some errands.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
9:20 PM

Post #8670830

Put her on the fennel to hang for a while.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2011
9:25 PM

Post #8670833

Also released a queen yesterday! Only cat I have seen on the milkweed. Darn lizards.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2011
5:30 AM

Post #8671078

Congratulation Sheila. Those babies are so very pretty. So bad about the lizards.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8671178

yay!!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 4, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8671196

I've found a tiny Gray Hairstreak this morning. I do mean it's tiny. Ummm, I thought they were big last year? About 1.5 the size of this little one. I maybe imagining things? lol

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

July 4, 2011
6:46 AM

Post #8671217

Lizards eat the eggs or what? We have little lizards that scamper around here.

I saw either a BST of a Pipevine flying around yesterday. I usually have tons of both, but they are few and far between this year. They would covery my mimosa trees.

Oh Boy... only 97* here today. Was 105* yesterday. But the humidity ... UGH!!!!!

Happy 4th everyone! Stay safe!
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

July 4, 2011
6:46 AM

Post #8671219

Hey all Florida butterfly gardeners please take a look at this link. If you did not know about them take a look. http://www.arnoldsbutterflyhaven.com/ They are having the next NABA count this Sunday at 9am.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8671816

wine, cheese AND butterflies? Torture to be so far north!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 4, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8671984

Guess we are too late for the wine...

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2011
3:28 PM

Post #8672171

Thank you for all the kind comments and for the help on the IDing.. I'm learning so much from this thread! I actually had 3 of my grandsons here overnight yesterday and was showing them the pics here with the names.. 1 (13yo) was fascinated, 1 (12yo) was interested and the last one (11yo) put up with it LOL.. I figure 2 out of 3 isn't too bad :) They want to go with me to the butterfly house and post pics on here, so I'll probably do that with them next weekend. The older 2 are definitely getting the photography bug from me..I may have to get them a decent digital camera for Christmas.

I was pretty impressed with the boys, Sheila- I showed them your queen and said- that's a Monarch and they both said "Monarchs don't have the white spots". I told them that is probably how you knew it was a queen :) I think I'll go to the local library and get a book or two on butterflies to have here when they come next time. Plus I can increase my knowledge before then lol

Marna, thank you for the pic of the Question Mark.. you're right, I wouldn't have gotten it without that pic :)
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 4, 2011
3:51 PM

Post #8672224

I do have a pic that I took a couple of days ago- am I right that it's a Meadow Frit?

And what's the difference between it and the Varigated Frit? I was looking at the pics that Marna and Bob posted on this thread.

Thanks :)

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 4, 2011
4:14 PM

Post #8672264

Here is a great site to help them see the difference. I find it very helpful when I take time to use it!
http://www.naba.org/chapters/nabambc/common-comparisons.asp
Viceroy
Kissimmee, FL

July 5, 2011
4:03 AM

Post #8673072

Don't feel too bad guys I missed the wine also. Then I'm not much of a wine drinker. But, I would have made the sacrifice for the cause.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 5, 2011
5:59 AM

Post #8673240

Chris...isn't it neat when you can get them interested!! My 13 yr. old GD is starting to lose interest in stuff like this as she becomes a full fledged teenager! But my 11 yr.old GD is still wanting to learn. But she really likes science & math too!

I actually had a Cabbage White out front over the weekend...but missed getting a photo!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 5, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8673753

I had this bf on the patio yesterday. I wasn't sure what it was as the wings weren't open. I have 2 pics.

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

July 5, 2011
10:21 AM

Post #8673758

2nd pic

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 5, 2011
10:23 AM

Post #8673762

I am thinking tawny emperor, but the pics are clear enought to definatively id. Not me anyway.
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 5, 2011
10:35 AM

Post #8673794

It was on the ceiling of my covering, and my little pocket camera wouldn't zoom in very close. I even edited it and enlarged it, but that was the best I could get.

Thanks Sheila. I'm thrilled to see ANY butterfly. They are so few and far between this year.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

July 5, 2011
11:07 AM

Post #8673860

I saw a Gulf Frit depositing eggs on my passiflora today. I would guess she stopped 15-20 times, so I should be seeing some cats soon. That is the first one I have seen this summer, so hopefully they are on the rebound. Sorry, no pics!

Russell
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8674162

Thank you Sheila..that did help - I think I was right that it's a Meadow Frit in my pic. Now I'll go back to Marna and Bob's pics and see if I can spot those same differences LOL..


Edited because I got my answer backwards :-)

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

July 5, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8674341

The insects must of had their fairmones working today. :-) I saw a pair of dragon flies and a pair of horse flies mating while I was working the garden today.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 5, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8674420

LOL! Crit...

Glad it helped Chris.

Yea!!! Yakmon...looking up here too. I saw a GF earlier this week, a BST today, and took pics of a Silver-spotted skipper. The BST could be one of those I released this week, let two more out this morning.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 5, 2011
7:32 PM

Post #8674907

Oh Chris, yesterday I wrote a whole long fritillary post and then my application quit. D'oh. So I'll try to recreate my brilliance here. ha.

First of all, you might want to get a good guidebook. I like Kaufmann's north american guide. It has description on the left side of the page, and the pictures on the right. you'll start learning more and more with every sighting.

So, the meadow fritillary is much smaller than an aphrodite or variegated frit. You are more likely to confuse the MF with other checkerspots. The variegated frit has a much different look on both upper and lower sides than the Aphrodite. while open, the Aphrodite more closely resembles the Great Spangled. But the GS is a bit bigger, I believe and it has the narrow band of color (see that link sheila posted) on the under wing. There are other differences, but those are the more obvious. So… I think that picture is an Aphrodite Frit.

And for Crit, I think I'd go Hackberry Emperor on that one because of the spots on the upper wing. Tawny appears to have only some marbling.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
3:13 AM

Post #8675315

Released this one sunday
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 6, 2011
4:46 AM

Post #8675428

BCH... too early in the morning??? lol Think you forgot the pic. :-)

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2011
9:24 AM

Post #8675981

Hi all, caught a dorsal view of this lovely Redspotted Purple this morning. (I almost forgot the pix as BCH did above, lol).

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 6, 2011
9:26 AM

Post #8675993

LOL! You can tell we are desperate for bf pics when we are showing parts! LOL! Wish I had them!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2011
12:42 PM

Post #8676441

THAT is so funny Sheila! Love the flower that is on, Kim!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2011
12:57 PM

Post #8676475

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/263082/ Here is more info. on the flower Marna. Okay, Sheila, here is an encore. lol

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2011
12:59 PM

Post #8676482

Oooops, let's try another.

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 6, 2011
2:33 PM

Post #8676616

Mrs_Ed wrote:Oh Chris, yesterday I wrote a whole long fritillary post and then my application quit. D'oh. So I'll try to recreate my brilliance here. ha.

First of all, you might want to get a good guidebook. I like Kaufmann's north american guide. It has description on the left side of the page, and the pictures on the right. you'll start learning more and more with every sighting... I think that picture is an Aphrodite Frit.



Thanks Marna! I think the idea of a guidebook is a great idea..I'll check into Kaufmann's :)

Aphrodite, huh? I was looking at all of those and thinking how in the world do I see any differences LOL..

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2011
2:39 PM

Post #8676623



Quoting: Aphrodite, huh? I was looking at all of those and thinking how in the world do I see any differences LOL..


LOL, I'm with you Christine, I can't never tell.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
4:21 PM

Post #8676799

UR right CRIT, I shouldn't try this too early. Maybe this time will work

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
4:24 PM

Post #8676804

aaahhh...Pretty!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8676805

Whoa! Such bright combo. I need shade. lol. Good job, BCH.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
4:27 PM

Post #8676808

Thanks, but the credit goes to DW who took the picture--she has a good eye!!
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 6, 2011
4:28 PM

Post #8676814

I did grow the Zinnia from seed though--LOL my contribution to beauty

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 6, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8676844

That's what we called team-work, BCH. You both did wonderful.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
12:18 AM

Post #8677506

Duskywing

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
12:22 AM

Post #8677508

Dragonfly from along the Mississippi River

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
3:02 AM

Post #8677597

TWINS!!

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
3:03 AM

Post #8677600

more twins

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
3:05 AM

Post #8677601

one in the background ready to go

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 7, 2011
3:06 AM

Post #8677602

almost ready to fly the coop

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

July 7, 2011
4:57 AM

Post #8677676

That is so cool. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 7, 2011
5:53 AM

Post #8677756

Holy Cow BCH, can't believe you even have had cats! I've seen ONE monarch this season in the garden and my milkweed is revealing no cats.

Good Job!

Kim, I *thought* that looked like a clethra. pretty.

Jack, I'm jealous of your duskywing. Still trying to see some here.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8677824

Very nice having success with those Monarch, BCH. I'd like some cats here please. lol Thanks Marna.
Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2011
7:48 AM

Post #8677953

I read several websites that cover butterflies and definitely they all indicate a geographically widespread absence of all types of butterflies. The condition certainly exists in my area. For example, last year I had large numbers of Common Buckeyes and their caterpillars were constantly in my Snapdragons and many of them pupated there...this year, I haven't seen a one. Last year I had tons of Monarch butterflies and caterpillars...this year I haven't seen a single adult and have found only one early-star caterpillar. I have only seen a couple of Swallowtails and Hairstreaks. I will share a few of the photos I have been able to catch but, for me, they just haven't been here this year. I sure hope that this is just an aberration.

Bob

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2011
7:51 AM

Post #8677957

Gray Hairstreak.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2011
7:52 AM

Post #8677960

Orange Sulphur

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8677962

Horace's Duskywing.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8677966

Kinda frayed and worn Great Spangled Fritillary.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 7, 2011
7:57 AM

Post #8677970

Variegated Fritillary.

Thanks for taking a look,

Bob

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2011
9:11 AM

Post #8678113

Thank you for sharing.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2011
9:21 AM

Post #8678130

Looking good BCH and Bob!!
Nice to see someone has cats and are protecting them. Bob...we will take them all torn tattered no problem!
Lily what is the plant?... I like that too.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2011
9:23 AM

Post #8678137

It's a Clethra or sweet pepper bush. Though, it does not make peppers. Or not the pepper I had in mind. lol.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 7, 2011
9:24 AM

Post #8678139

Oooops, forgot the link; here's it Sheila. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/263082/

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 7, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8678174

Thanks Lily...no one posted in TX...read the review comments and saw one that said "Grows naturally in wet places"...guess that is why..LOL!! Not much is wet around these parts in our summers.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
3:06 AM

Post #8679706

Thanks everyone for your pictures and comments! I am learning so much here. We are having a butterfly drought here also, but are still having some luck w/ raising our monarchs--we have released about 30-40 so far this year. We overwintered three BST's in our fridge, which is new for us, and one made it, so here it is. Next year we hope to overwinter more--though we might need a bigger fridge!

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
3:15 AM

Post #8679710

This is one we tagged last year that we happened to get a picture of--it was found in Mexico

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2011
5:38 AM

Post #8679849

BCH521 wrote:This is one we tagged last year that we happened to get a picture of--it was found in Mexico


Found in Mexico? How, do tell. It's a boy!!! :))

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
5:43 AM

Post #8679855

WTG BCH! I tagged 50 last fall...forgot to check to see if they were recovered anywhere. Got to pull my paperwork and check.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 8, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8679856

Holy Cow. Ohio to Mexico. Amazing!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
5:56 AM

Post #8679873

Lily...look on this site under 'migration and tagging' for the info. You have to pay for the tags and log in the info; then they pay people in Mexico $5 for any they find. http://monarchwatch.org/

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
6:04 AM

Post #8679888

Woohoo!! Just went out and checked, I had one recovered also!!
I tagged in October and it was recovered 01/28/11 in Cerro Pelon MX by Melquiades Moreno de Jesus.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2011
6:49 AM

Post #8679974

How cool is that! That's amazing! Thanks for the info. Sheila.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
7:20 AM

Post #8680010

How cool!!

Just walked Gus and just about fainted...I saw a Monarch!!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8680154

Yippie! Congrats Nan on seeing the Monarch. I'm allowing my MW seeds to disperse at at will, in hope there will be more plants for them when Monarch arrive here. Right now I've a gazillions of them making flowers and seedpods.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
3:13 PM

Post #8680799

Congrats Sheila, I think we tagged 800 over the last few years before we had one recovered
mqiq77
Danielsville, GA
(Zone 7b)

July 8, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8680834

I have certinaly enjoyed this forum.I have many butterflys, of witch I know none, but here, I have learned a lot of new names. Thank you. Mike
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8680977

Some of the monarch cats we're raising

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8680981

They seem to like the corner of the BF coop

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
5:28 PM

Post #8681059

BCH...Too cool! So glad someone is being blessed with Monarchs. I think the corner must be toward the light source or just the corner the first one chose...LOL!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 8, 2011
5:31 PM

Post #8681066

Had one so intent on following the first it made on top of the other.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 8, 2011
5:45 PM

Post #8681092

The monarchs are hard to find DW and I spent about an hour earlier, and looked over about 100 MW plants and found three eggs, and two cats. We are lucky that the farmer down the road leaves his creek wild, so it is loaded w/ milkweed. We also have about thirty or so mature MW on our property, but only found one cat on those
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 8, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8681346

Very nice everyone, I have to say, that I'm not seeing much butterflies here either.

These cats of the Polyphemus Moth, came from eggs that were attached to my inside window sill. The moth, that I brought in one night to photograph, laid these eggs. I didn't realized she had laid eggs there, until the day after, I released her. Read up on it, and put them in a plastic container. They hatched 3 days ago. I'm feeding them Birch leaves.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 8, 2011
9:04 PM

Post #8681372

I disturbed this moth when I was dead heading my Peonies. Didn't find it's name yet.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 8, 2011
9:13 PM

Post #8681379

My GD holding a Checkerspot, the driveway we stopped in, was full of them. We saw a White Admiral, some Pearl Crescents, and Skippers.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 8, 2011
9:15 PM

Post #8681381

With it's wing opened.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 8, 2011
9:21 PM

Post #8681392

White Admiral

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 9, 2011
2:42 AM

Post #8681491

I don't think I've ever seen a White Admiral; very cool burn. Here's a Red Admiral:

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 9, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8681616

Oh Bernadette, how neat that you've discovered the polyphemus moth's cats. You're seeing more butf'lies there than I've seen in months. I did see a brownish moth when I tended the garden yesterday.

It's 1st for me to learn that there are Red then White Admirals. How cool!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 9, 2011
5:18 PM

Post #8682724

Those Polyphemus cats will eat you out of leaves! They are definately piggies and won't pupate for a long time. LOL!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 9, 2011
5:20 PM

Post #8682728

What other hostplants do those poly- use please.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 9, 2011
5:24 PM

Post #8682735

Oh...I forgot to mention I was looking on the recovery of the tagged Monarchs and saw something very interesting and in direct relationship to what we have been noticing the last few years. If you go there and put in just the year you will see the numbers dropped from 700+ a few years ago to 200-300 the last two years. That is not many out of those that are tagged each year. But the numbers really fell off with the storms and cutting of their forest habitat.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 9, 2011
5:25 PM

Post #8682737

Oak for one...let me go see the entire list.

This site is good and list quite a few. http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/polyphemus_moth.htm

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

July 9, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8682950

Sheila, that was a very interesting site... lol at your comment. I have quite a few of the trees mentioned as host plants in my yard, maybe I can switch their diet from day to day .;) It's the cleaning up, I will find a challenge after a while. With their sizes and the amount of cats I have they'll keep me busy. They already are poop machines at this size. lol

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 9, 2011
7:55 PM

Post #8682960

Nice monarch cats there! I was watering and found two older monarch cats on the whorled milkweed, of all things! I but some small fencing over them until I could get them in, but they were gone when I went to get them. Think they probably took off to pupate. I was shocked really, since I had only seen a monarch once.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2011
6:18 AM

Post #8683464

Thank you Sheila for the interesting website. Like Burn, I've many of those trees in the garden. Sorry Marna, about the missing Monarch cats.
okcrow
East Dover, VT
(Zone 4b)

July 10, 2011
11:26 AM

Post #8684135

After finding the two big moths I've started checking our porch in the morning. A Luna was there this morning and a few smaller but very pretty guys. Does anyone know who this is? I am still very much a newbie to it.

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okcrow
East Dover, VT
(Zone 4b)

July 10, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8684143

I thought this guy was pretty too. My coneflowers are just starting to open so expect a lot of butterflies soon. Also have 100s of milkweed so will lot for the cats:-)

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okcrow
East Dover, VT
(Zone 4b)

July 10, 2011
11:30 AM

Post #8684146

While this entry seems to be from a scary movie!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8684154

okcrow... Here is a website with pictures you can look through. There are so many moths that I don't even try to id most of them. http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/gallery?stage=adult&species_view=dorsal&species_type=1&family=All&field_sciname_value=&field_comname_value= I have narrowed it down for adults, dorsal (top) view. Hope this will help.

You might put them on the insect id forum if you want the experts to id them.


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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8684159

okcrow wrote:While this entry seems to be from a scary movie!


That's scary looking, but also pretty at the same time. I wished I knew more about Moths...so much more to learn for me.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 10, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8684162

Have I got myself a BST here?

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2011
1:02 PM

Post #8684312

More for their favorite corner

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2011
1:03 PM

Post #8684319

TST on coneflowers--1st one I've seen for weeks

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8684330

I am having serious butterfly withdrawal here...so dismal! Can't believe I have no BST cats or nothing! I did see a Silver Spotted Skipper this morning on my walk with Gus.

Very sweet set up BCH!
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 10, 2011
1:07 PM

Post #8684331

Three new monarch females to release today

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2011
1:43 PM

Post #8684398

Lily, it isn't a pipevine, so pretty sure it is a BST, but coloring seems odd. So sorry you are like me nanny without many around.
BCH nice to see the Monarchs in the "J" and especially emerged ones. Nice TST too.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2011
1:52 PM

Post #8684416

I was blessed to see three bfs today! I spotted a Silver spotted Skipper, but no pic.
Then this TST teased me as they always do. One of these days I will have a hop tree big enough for them to find it and lay eggs!

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 10, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8684417

And this male Queen BF, seems the spots were faded out.

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
8:05 AM

Post #8685692

First time this year. Sachem Skipper's are usually one of most prevalent butterflies in my garden...scarce this year, so far.

Bob

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Bob_71
Severna Park, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8685695

Another regular in my garden...Peck's Skipper showed for the first time on July 10, also.

Bob

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
8:25 AM

Post #8685729

Thank you Sheila for the i.d. on the BST, it was really humid out when I was taking the photos, so perhaps it effected the pics. BCH, so nice to see you've such success with those many Monarch cats. Hi Bob, those skippers are cute. I too saw a first Silverspotted Skipper yesterday Sheila, no pix though.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 11, 2011
9:06 AM

Post #8685836

I have a couple of false indigo for the silver spotted skippers and have had quite a few off and on of them.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 11, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8685854

Released two BST yesterday and one today so far. I moved the cage out of the shop into the shade on the deck; and the warmth seems to be speeding them up. We don't anticipate any rain so I am misting them every other day. Found three more 2nd instars so someone is still active.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
10:17 AM

Post #8685981

How neat. I'm so ready to see some caterpillars here, but so far I've found none. I'm excited to know I've BST visiting. Hopefully soon, will come the babies. I think I spotted an American Lady today. I just looked it up, will try to find the white spot on the dorsal wing on this one. ...

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
10:19 AM

Post #8685986

American Lady?

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
10:22 AM

Post #8685990

Yes, indeed there are white dot on the dorsal wing. Sorry the pic. wasn't clear. I shall try again later.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
10:23 AM

Post #8685992

Oooops, I got turned around. Correction please, a white spot on the forewing, and not the dorsal wing as I've mistaken.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

July 11, 2011
12:18 PM

Post #8686199

Lily-love: Yes, American Lady. And your early picture is of a Spicebush Swallowtail. Very nice shot.

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

2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
1:38 PM

Post #8686362

This photo of a Snowberry Clearwing caterpillar is from last August. I took this with my DH's old digital SLR.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

July 11, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8686370

Weird angle, possibly a hairstreak...

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
1:42 PM

Post #8686371

Now I have a new camera and finally got a photo of the Snowberry Clearwing HB moth. Just learned how to use the macro lens.

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

July 11, 2011
1:48 PM

Post #8686384

I posted this photo in insect ID but didn't get an answer. I know its a skipper of some kind... maybe an Indian skipper?

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 11, 2011
2:47 PM

Post #8686547

Thanks Dale!! Yea, Spicebush Lily!...Dale is the expert, like I said I just knew it wasn't a Pipevine, I haven't seen a spicebush either.
2garden...nice SBCW caterpillar...need to look for some of those. They are around here on my Phlox a lot.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
2:52 PM

Post #8686568

Many thanks Dale for the Spicebush confirmation. Congrats kate on your new camera and lenses.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 11, 2011
3:44 PM

Post #8686667

Tigerswallowtail black form?

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 12, 2011
12:51 PM

Post #8688457

You beat me to it Lily! Just had one being very photogetic today.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 12, 2011
12:53 PM

Post #8688463

Another showing the tattered look it was sporting. Still a good day when I spot a dark form TST!

Now I need to learn the sex of the TSTs!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 12, 2011
1:18 PM

Post #8688507

Those phlox flowers are made for the butterflies! Gorgerious shots Sheila! Yes, I'm trying to learn to differentiate b/w the genders ton these swallowtails too.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 12, 2011
2:50 PM

Post #8688672

Okay, Sheila, for our learning purpose, let's discuss about TSTs. Found this beauty just now. Is this a 'he'? lol

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 12, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8688917

Wow, wow and Wow!!! Sheila and Lily- love those pics! I can't get enough of BFs on flowers.. so pretty!!

I went out last Sunday but didn't see much.. i did get another Dragonfly..and then one of those orange and black whatever-they-are BFs LOL..

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

July 12, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8688928

and the WTA (whatever they are) butterfly .. I've already caught myself reacting to these the same way I do sparrows..I know there are tons of different sparrows, but whenever I see one, I find myself going "oh, it's JUST a sparrow". Now I'm going "oh, it's another one of those BFs".

Shame on me!!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 12, 2011
8:02 PM

Post #8689336

Clan...I find myself doing the same thing. I have a digital camera so it doesn't cost to take pics, but it isn't a challenge on some that I have a lot of already. LOL!
Lily...TST is a ...?...male maybe??? Like I said, I haven't learned what to look for.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 13, 2011
8:28 AM

Post #8689894

Had one of the black ones out front just a bit ago. Hope if it was a BST it lays some eggs on my fennel!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2011
8:55 AM

Post #8689943

Ahhh, BST on fennel! That's a give-away id. isn't it? Glad that you've got some future 'babies' there Nan. Congrats.

Pic. taken yesterday. That of the very same Redspotted Purple on my butterfly bush that I've seen in the garden more than a week now. The marking was one of its wings was tattered.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2011
8:57 AM

Post #8689946

Here is a new thread, please join in here. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1196500/

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 13, 2011
3:46 PM

Post #8690647

Oh I've to return to this thread and ask, on my Spicebush ST, is that a male or female please.

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