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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2011
3:45 AM

Post #8722478

Time for a new thread

here is a monarch from a slightly different perspective





we came from here http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1196500/

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8722580

Ooo, I like that BCH. Thanks for starting a new thread.

Here's a Tiger Swallowtail. This guy could not get enough of the zinnias yesterday.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2011
5:46 AM

Post #8722582

A little summer azure was flitting around.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8722590

Thank BCH for a new thread, thanks Mrs. Ed for the link. I will return with a pair of Tigerswallowtail butterflies this afternoon.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 29, 2011
5:55 AM

Post #8722591

Like that one also but the other was georgeous! Thanks for the new thread!

Nice ones Marna. I bet I am missing the wee bfs since I don't get outside much now days unless I can see something flying.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2011
1:31 PM

Post #8723564

Like that TST Mrs. ED--here's a photo about the future

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
1:35 PM

Post #8723578

[quote="BCH521"]Like that TST Mrs. ED--here's a photo about the future[/quote]

Awww, how I long to see those little ones on my many milkweeds in the garden. When they can fly, BCH, would you please send them my way? LOL

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8723706

A pair of Tigerswallowtails? A male and a dark form female?

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8723744

He by himself.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 29, 2011
2:51 PM

Post #8723762

OK Lily I will start chanting Alabama to the cats-LOL

In the meantime here is a TST female

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 29, 2011
5:30 PM

Post #8724028

Wow that's a lot of Monarchs!!

Hackberry emperor on the rotting oranges.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8724260

Thanks BCH, now if we have many chanting along, maybe it will be more effective? lol. Marna, can't recall if I've ever seen a Hackberry Emperor before. That just reminds me to set out some left over fruits to attract more butterflies.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8724264

Gray Hairstreak;

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 29, 2011
7:09 PM

Post #8724271

Looking down the walkway, one will see a whole lot of frass going on. lol Looking up the Catalpa tree this is what one gets! ^_^

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

July 29, 2011
7:35 PM

Post #8724312

Wow... that's amazing! Send some up our way

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2011
4:04 AM

Post #8724726

It's the Catalpa cats. second brood, in the early spring when the tree was making flowers we had one brood then. Crit, I'll have to chanting Oklahoma likes BCH does (for Alabama) when these guys eclose. lol I hope that they will escape predators for I've all kind of flowers that dependent upon them to be pollinated, such as this one. :)) A plumeria.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
4:18 AM

Post #8724732

A tuberosa gay butterflies Mrs. ed this is as red as I've ever seen them--they just get a tint to them--hopefully you can see this in this photo.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
4:21 AM

Post #8724734

my favorite nectar plant is finally blooming--hopefully some BF's will notice this--I have seen hummers on them though

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2011
4:27 AM

Post #8724735

Yes, BCH both butterflies and hummingbirds love love these flowers. I just discovered them (flowers) this year, and I'm saving seeds.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8724874

Lily--I started playing "Sweet Home Alabama" and they started moving to the music

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8724914

Oh my goodness, I need to turn the boom box on when I gardening outside so they can make the connection then. Thank you, BCH. ^_^

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8724915

Holy smokes. Are those ALL from your yard? Or do you go collect them elsewhere?

Yah, that's what my orange Gay Butterflies looks like. FYI, here's a picture that promotes the three colors.
http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/assets/butterfly_weed_gay_butterflies_4x3.jpg

I think my Tithonia torch was mis-packaged. It is short and compact this year, only about 4' instead of the usual 7 ish. It too, has just started blooming.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
8:41 AM

Post #8725138

From our yard, and from the soybean field down the road--I just purchased 200 tags from monarchwatch, so weve been getting busy--although these will eclose too soon to be tagged.

I have never had gay butterflies look like that picture--not even close

Great Spangled Fritillary--1st one I've seen in weeks--we have planted over 300 nectar plants, and this fritillary was fighting over 1 bloom w/ a TST--maybe that's why we have a shortage

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
8:49 AM

Post #8725152

Mrs Ed there is a short variety of Tithonia that I like to grow--2-3ft. Maybe they got cross polinated. i saved some seed from the short variety and got some 4-5" plants, as I also grow the standard.

see photo below of miniature

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
8:51 AM

Post #8725155

whoops, thought I had flipped that photo

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8725276

Those flowers sure are butterflies and hummingbirds attractants!

Hah, today must be the day these (perhaps) 5th instar of the Catalpa cats. to venture out to the ground and looking for place to pupate? They're all over the ground and on the grass.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 30, 2011
10:38 AM

Post #8725323

TST on BB

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2011
6:12 PM

Post #8726185

Wow, that is an adorable Tithonia. I grew a short one that was yellow. Can't remember the name. I like the tall ones because I plant them on the outside of the yard's fence. I can see them from the house.

I had a good day of monitoring today. Well, somewhat good. Lots of buckeyes and wood nymphs. Few other things. I"ll have to upload tomorrow though.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 30, 2011
6:18 PM

Post #8726194

Marna, I'm looking forward to your monitoring day's pics. BCH, pretty 'girl' TST on the butterfly-bush. :)

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 30, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8726530

You got it down Lily!

Well if I wasn't so lazy I would look at my pics of a Gulf Frit I spotted today. I just remembered right before we took off on errands I saw one and snapped a couple shots. BFs are few and far between here. Just heard tonight we are in for about 10 more days of 106-110 temps. Lord I am so over this enough is enough! Today makes 29 days straight 100 or higher days.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2011
7:41 AM

Post #8727100

Banner day for butterflies saw 4 monarchs at once outside--I think that's the most for the year.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8727103

Silver Spotted Skipper

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8727105

TST

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
12:17 PM

Post #8727714

Congrats BCH!

Well here are a few from yesterday. The big action was at the puddle. The first time I ever monitored, this puddle was full and there were tons of butterflies there. So I included it in the route! This is the first time this year it has been wet there.

Two Buckeyes and a Pearl Crescent

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
12:19 PM

Post #8727719

Red spotted purple. they always love to puddle.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
12:20 PM

Post #8727722

And look at how pretty they are on the underside.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8727723

An unknown skipper. I'll have to go through my book later.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8727726

second viceroy for me ever.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
12:24 PM

Post #8727727

that's all for now. i'll have a few more later.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8727763

Nice Viceroy, I thought I saw one today, but couldn't get close enough for an ID--or a picture

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2011
1:20 PM

Post #8727809

Marna, I wished I could go and monitor those with you. The next best thing is to see the pics. Thank you. Ah, the look-alike! Or mimicry in the world of butterflies kingdom! What do we look for to know it's a real mccoy versus a viceroy? lol

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 31, 2011
1:25 PM

Post #8727825

Here goes, this is a brain-teaser for BCH, lol Can you find the Ruby Throat Hummingbird in this photo? lol Everyone else is also welcome. ^_^

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seanodo
Forest Heights, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2011
1:59 PM

Post #8727899

Saw this beautiful butterfly on my swamp milkweed today. Not sure if its a monarch though. The butterfly was flying between my common and swamp milkweed...maybe laying eggs?

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seanodo
Forest Heights, MD
(Zone 6b)

July 31, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8727907

This little guy was loving the butterfly bush...not sure what type of skipper he/she is though.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8727914

Finally found it--just to the left and down a little from where the basket is hung :)
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

July 31, 2011
2:33 PM

Post #8727967

I agree, that is where I found it. Just to the left of where the 3 chains come together at the limb.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2011
4:29 PM

Post #8728244

Couldn't believe I had a Red-spotted Purple flit right by my and land on one of the hostas this morning. We were just heading off to the hospital so I didn't get a photo of it tho. :( Nice to see Mrs. Ed had one too!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8728283

LL, I'm not sure you would really want to monitor with me. I got dehydrated (says my Dr. Margaret) yesterday and really sick into the evening. Even with everything I drank. Ah well. Not as young as I used to be.

The Eastern Tailed-Blues are out and about now. I love how they sort of rub their wings together. If you've never noticed before, keep an eye out. I didn't know they puddled.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
4:45 PM

Post #8728286

Here's a second skipper I have to ID. It was tiny.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
4:59 PM

Post #8728299

And my last two, two different variations of the common Wood Nymph.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

July 31, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8728300

And the second with eyespots on the lower wing.

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

July 31, 2011
7:05 PM

Post #8728553

I went to Reiman Gardens in Ames IA for the first time..and I'm in love with it! Beautiful flowers and saw several butterflies while there. They also have a Butterfly Conservatory and wow..saw some I've never seen before :)

This is a butterfly that I saw outside, so of course I have no name for it lol.. The Gardens are having a photo contest and I entered this picture in the contest.

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

July 31, 2011
7:08 PM

Post #8728557

wrong picture LOL... a closer picture is what I gave them

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

July 31, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8728559

Now see what I saw inside the visitor center..

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 1, 2011
5:29 AM

Post #8729125

Nice Chris! love all the chrysalids lined up.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 1, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8729157

Very nice! I'd love to see something likes that. Christine, I like the way you presented the picture as well. Nice job!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8729251

Great pic to enter Chis. The pic in the visitor center is AWESOME!
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8729470

TST on Black Knight-

glad you enjoyed the exhibits Chris

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 1, 2011
8:39 AM

Post #8729521

Very deep purple bloom of Black Knight butterfly bush, BCH. Beautiful contrast in color b/w the TST and the flower inflorescent. I'm not sure if this is a RSP or a TST, or could that be an EST. One moment it was there, and gone the next.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 1, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8729652

Finally, the streak ends!

Caught this pipevine on the lantana this morning.

Russell

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

August 1, 2011
10:02 AM

Post #8729667

Lily, that's a Spicebush Swallowtail.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
www.dallasbutterflies.com

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 1, 2011
10:21 AM

Post #8729695

Whoa! Dale, would you please accept me as your student? I'm so confused and lost when come to these black forms butterflies. Spicebush, pipevine, female TST they ALL look alike. Oh and thank you.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2011
11:06 AM

Post #8729759

One male and one female released today

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8729766

OK, so the TST looked so good on the Black Knight I thought I would pose my newest model--she cooperated nicely

By the way I googled a map of alabama and showed them before I released them

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 1, 2011
11:19 AM

Post #8729784

[quote="BCH521"]
By the way I googled a map of alabama and showed them before I released them[/quote]

LOL!! Watch for them Lily!! Oh and look up the Viceroy on the link Dale posted and you will see the line across the lower wings.

Great shots of the puddling Marna!

Nice ones of the Iowa facility too sean.

WTG Russell...about time!

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 1, 2011
12:23 PM

Post #8729897

Nice pipevine Russell!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

August 1, 2011
4:06 PM

Post #8730459

I saw a Buckeye this morning. It was liking my zinnia's. I made a couple 'fake water puddles' in my beds for the b'flies out of plastic plant saucers and put them down in the ground a little bit. That way it doesn't just soak in the ground since we are sooooooooooooooo dry.

This is what we are living with here today. This is my thermometer this afternoon. It goes up to about 110.5 when the wind isn't blowing through on it.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 1, 2011
4:13 PM

Post #8730484

LOL, lol with you and BCH Sheila. Goodness! it's hot here too but Crit that's HOT!!! Thanks BCH for mapping out the way for the Monarch.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8732158

Absolutely Beautiful pictures everyone!!

Lily - I just spotted your "Brain Teaser". That's an easy one. The hummer is on the second branch from the right. (The first branch is at an angle and the 2nd branch is straight up and down...north/south.) The hummer is also straight up and down with it's back to the camera . . .it's a little to the left of the chains on the basket and just to the right of the vertical black metal rods.

I tried to take a picture this morning of a BF and there was so much humidity that it kept fogging up my camera lens.
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2011
12:41 PM

Post #8732238

This is one of the pictures I took this morning when my lens kept fogging up from the humidity. This is the best one. The others are so foggy it's hard to see anything.

Is it a Swallowtail of some sort? I think I'll head on over to the Bug Files to see if I can find out. Anyway, it was very beautiful. I wish it had stayed long enough for my lens to clear.

Edited to say: Okay, I just checked Bug Files & I'm thinking it may be an 'Eastern Black Swallowtail'. . . I guess they're very common (if you know anything about Butterflies...which I don't).

I Love DG "Plant/Bird/Bug Files" and this wonderful thread!!

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

August 2, 2011
2:54 PM

Post #8732462

Well, at 4 we were at 112*, with the high of the day usually between 5 & 6. Have the sprinkler running on my front shaded flowerbed and it is alive with birds and hummingbirds. Sadly, no butterflies to be seen. :-(
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

August 2, 2011
3:16 PM

Post #8732494

Nutsaboutnature -- That's actually a female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. They can be a bit confusing at first, but hang in there (and you too, Lily). It gets easier with practice.

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

August 2, 2011
3:57 PM

Post #8732619

Dale, you are a plethica of information and so glad to have you around!
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 2, 2011
4:20 PM

Post #8732682

THANK YOU SOOO MUCH, DALE!!!

It's so great to be able to get info from someone who really knows his stuff and is so willing to share it! I'm going to label that pic with the correct name so (maybe) I'll recognize it in the future.

Edited to fix my typo...

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8732750

TST (male) on Black Knight--they are all loving this plant

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 2, 2011
4:54 PM

Post #8732756

Monarch (male) on A incarnata aka swamp milkweed

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

August 2, 2011
5:48 PM

Post #8732906

My black knight just dried up and died on me, even though I have it planted in the ground and watered deep every other day. I was just sick. It had been doing fine then BLAM, all of a sudden! Unless that stupid mole/vole/critter that keeps making trails in my back yard had it's roots for a salad.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 2, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8733011

Thank you all for sharing the lovely pics. Crit, it's a bummer when we lose priced prized plants in the garden. I had my share of that, so I can relate. I lost a Yoshino cherry this year. And now, my Golden rain tree is on its way out. Yours maybe transplanting shock, but mine are well established plants that got stressed! Yep stresses. Burrrrrrr.

Thank you Dale, for all your help. And believe me, I'm hanging. lol

BCH, love those TST and the Monarch pics. I'm puzzled with one thing. I planted an A. incarnata in the front garden. For couple of years now, and they didn't make any flowers???? My green thump is turning brown! Help!

On the positive note, I saw two males TSTs on my butterfly bush, quite a few of yellow sulphurs on the field, and others, and hummingbirds coming and going. I think hummingbirds are traveling about and hunt for bugs rather than be drawn to nectar?

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2011
2:26 AM

Post #8733637

those plants you see are all several years old--some of the new plants don't bloom initially--show us some pictures of them--they might just need another year
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8733753

Dale,
A friend posted this on another thread and I thought you would know for sure what it was. Another friend thought it was an Imperial Moth. Is that right?

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

August 3, 2011
7:10 AM

Post #8733980

Crit:

Yes, that's an Imperial Moth. A real beauty.

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

August 3, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8734064

Monarch

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2011
8:04 AM

Post #8734067

Cabbage White

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8734072

Hummer

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 3, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8734845

TigerST female on my Joe Pye.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 3, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8735253

Male monarch on swamp milkweed

PS, I know it's male because of the other pictures that didn't come out so well

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

August 3, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8735307

Thanks Dale
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

August 5, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8738463

Viceroy caterpillar on Cottonwood.

Dale Clark
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society
www.dallasbutterflies.com

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 5, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8738467

That's one awesome 'warrior' there Dale. grin~

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 5, 2011
8:45 AM

Post #8738507

Whoa. Cool.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
6:19 AM

Post #8739834

Thanks to Dale, I know know this is a male TST. (right Lily?)

If I'm wrong I'm going back to the bird watching forum!

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
6:20 AM

Post #8739836

the drought is easing up around here

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
6:42 AM

Post #8739859

not to steal Lily's thunder, but yah, that's a male TST. Your swamp milkweed is looking good. mine has aphids this year. first time ever.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
6:48 AM

Post #8739865

I haven't seen any aphids this year, last year all the plants were covered.

At the end of the year we cut them all to ground level, and threw all the plants on a bonfire--it was a messy job but I think it worked.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
7:06 AM

Post #8739887

ah. good plan. I have to do that with all my iris anyway to get rid of borers. And I'm moving this plant this fall too.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2011
7:25 AM

Post #8739904

Whoa! BCH, I'm flattered that you asked. lol. Thank Marna for coming to the rescue. lol There is no thunder to be stolen here, only lightning. lol Just kidding. Love that swamp MW, how come mine never blooms? I've that thing over two years. Not enough sunlight maybe? sniff, sniff ~~
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
7:53 AM

Post #8739924

we don't do anything special w/ the swamp milkweed plants--but they do get lots of sun--also they get a lot of pruning as we harvst them for the monarchs we raise.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
7:54 AM

Post #8739927

Red Spotted Purple on Black Knight

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
7:56 AM

Post #8739930

Monarch on Black Knight

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
8:00 AM

Post #8739933

TST (female) on Black Knight--everyone loves this plant

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 6, 2011
11:29 AM

Post #8740318

Nice BCH! Love that purple color. I have a "fourth of july" variety of the butterfly bush and one part of it looks a lot like the black night you have pictured here. The other two parts are kind of a light pink and white. I don't know if this is a graph or actually 3 different plants growing in the same pot. The blooms fade fairly quickly on mine in the heat, but they are reliable bloomers. I guess we don't get TST here in South Texas...I have never seen one of those here. Nice pics.

Russell
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8740330

Thanks Russell, here is one of the TST black form

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8740342

Yep, just looked up fourth of july, and it is a combination of three types

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
1:24 PM

Post #8740499

What a place for a question mark to decide to sit still for a pix.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 6, 2011
1:39 PM

Post #8740525

LOL, Marna, good catch!
Crit
Sand Springs (Tulsa), OK
(Zone 7a)

August 6, 2011
3:37 PM

Post #8740688

That's funny.

I've been seeing a buckeye, could be 2 or 3, flying around the last couple of days, but that is all. Really slim on the b'flies here this year. :-(
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 6, 2011
5:17 PM

Post #8740818

[quote="BCH521"]Thanks to Dale, I know know this is a male TST. (right Lily?)

If I'm wrong I'm going back to the bird watching forum![/quote]



ROFL~!!!!!! I bout choked on my pepsi when I read that one LOL!!! Thanks for the laugh ^_^
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 6, 2011
5:36 PM

Post #8740833

ur welcome, but i was half serious!

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 6, 2011
6:28 PM

Post #8740881

Butterflies must be heading south because I have lots of Monarchs all of a sudden. Released three last week, found a chrysalis by the garage door (it's in the house now), saw one flying around, and have eggs on my plants. Here's the chrysalis I found. The caterpillar must have wandered 8-10 feet to pupate on some grass (yeah, I need to weed, BADLY).

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 6, 2011
6:32 PM

Post #8740888

Also raising Eastern Black Swallowtails. Two of them just gut purged and I had this nice conversation on Facebook with my brother:

Melanie Long
The caterpillars (Black Swallowtails) have started gut purging. Too bad Adrian's not around to enjoy it. Don't worry, I won't post pictures, LOL!

Adrian Long It's not a gut purge. It's X-treme vomiting. Let's call it what it really is.

Melanie Long But it comes out the back end so it's more like extreme diarrhea.

Adrian Long Ew. Just eewwwwwww. It's hard to tell one end from the other, except for the horns.

Melanie Long That's to trick you into attacking the wrong end. They're sneaky caterpillars.


You see, last year I had a Giant Swallowtail gut purge just as my brother was walking by the couch. He's always pranking me and the parents so when he totally flipped out at my caterpillar we all died laughing. He thought it was just sooo disgusting. That was my favorite caterpillar EVER!!

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 6, 2011
6:38 PM

Post #8740893

I also brought in a couple of Orange-Barred Sulphur cats today but Mom says I missed the really big one. I said it was too hot to hunt for him right then. Maybe tomorrow. Saw flying in the yard a Gulf Frit, Monarch, and Cloudless Sulphur. Oh, and the Horace's Duskywings are around because I haven't weeded and have Bidens spp. coming out my ears. Cassius Blues continue to live on the plumbagos. Frits have completely eaten my passiflora "Lavender Lady". I keep moving them to the p. caerulea and so does Mom. They seem to have a taste for the pricier plant. Found a couple of empty chrysalises, too so they must be doing well.

Here's a pic of the Eastern Black ST cat from a couple of days ago. How quickly they grow!

Melanie

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 6, 2011
6:42 PM

Post #8740898

Oh, forgot to mention the hummingbird is back so we put out the feeder. But it keeps being spotted near my combination of Salvia "Black and Blue" and Firebush so I think it's feeding on those.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

August 7, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8741529

Enjoyed looking at all the pics! I rescued a buckeye that got caught in the little ant moat on the hummingbird feeder Friday. I hoped it survived! Seeing lots of butterflies now as I drive thru by the farm fields everyday, so that is nice! Saw this one as I watered the plants a little Friday evening so I ran in and got the camera...just so few have been around!

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 7, 2011
2:56 PM

Post #8742644

I'm still lurking, and learning the names of the butterflies. Some I've never seen here.
The Polyphemus Moth cats are making cocoons now. I'm wondering if they will overwinter in their cocoons, or emerges for another generation.
I have read, they can have two cycles a year. I'm wondering if, they might eclose a second time in my zone?

So far, I have eleven cocoons, and 25 more to go. This one is my first cocoon .

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

August 7, 2011
3:23 PM

Post #8742692

I found 3 Skipper cats, One has wrap himself in paper towel, to pupate, one died, and the other, I found a few days ago. It looks ready for the pupate stage. I also found a large caterpillar, turn out to be a Sawfly. All were found in my Birch tree.

This is the Sawfly worm. I didn't save that one, after I found out what it was. I think it became lunch, to a bird.
So now it must be obvious, that I'm a newbie to butterflies :)

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 7, 2011
3:32 PM

Post #8742726

finally found a BST cat in our parsley

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 7, 2011
5:12 PM

Post #8742985

BCH, 4th or even 5th instar on yours? Bernadette, the Sawfly worm is interesting looking. But most of all, I'm at awe with that Polyphemus cocoon. Good job! Muhuaaahahahaha, with you Melanie about your 'conversation' with Adrian your brother. lol.

A few happy BST cats (5th instars and smallers) awaiting for supper. lol

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 7, 2011
5:22 PM

Post #8743001

It's Black Swallowtails all around! These two decided to cohabitate in their slings.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 7, 2011
5:26 PM

Post #8743011

And I found another Orange Barred Sulphur on the cassia.

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kassy_51
Marinette, WI
(Zone 4b)

August 7, 2011
8:47 PM

Post #8743487

I took this picture last year. This year we have a major shortage of butterflies here :(

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

August 8, 2011
12:27 AM

Post #8743566

Hummingbird Moth

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 8, 2011
6:22 AM

Post #8743839

Enjoyed looking at all your pics everyone!!! No time to comment much ...6 1/2 year old great nephew here this weekend.(8~})
Good to see you back posting Mellie...funny conversation for sure.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 8, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8743999

I ran across this site. Pretty nicely done…

http://www.raisingbutterflies.org/

BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 8, 2011
1:06 PM

Post #8744687

Here's an R-rated picture of a male and female monarch--sorry I couldn't get more detail

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 8, 2011
1:27 PM

Post #8744744

Marna, thanks for the link. Great site. BCH, lol. I'm still looking for monarch down here.

2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2011
7:21 AM

Post #8746272

I was expecting to see a SpicebushST in my backyard this summer, as I did last year. There are sassafras trees in the woods behind my house. Along w spicebush, sassafras is listed as a larval host plant. Instead I found a PipevineST and TMK there aren't any pipevines close by.

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2011
7:27 AM

Post #8746287

One online source I checked said that PipevineSTs were rare to absent in the mid- Atlantic coastal areas.

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2011
7:33 AM

Post #8746305

I had a devil of a time getting a focused pic. He/she moved to the red lobelia and never stopped fluttering. I had to delete a bunch of shots. The rest of the blurry photos... I'll just call them art.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 9, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8746380

Those are welcoming sight, Kate. Look at all that pollens on its wings! :)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
2:53 PM

Post #8747061

Yah, tons of pollen!

Numbers are improving today. At one time I had a bunch of Cabbage whites, three Tiger Swallowtails, a sulphur, two silvers-spotted skippers, a common buckeye and a Monarch. PLus brought in two monarch cats.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
2:53 PM

Post #8747063

Dark Form

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
2:58 PM

Post #8747070

another dark form. I often see these without the yellow spots on the top

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
2:59 PM

Post #8747072

Silver-spotted skipper. Glad to see these have returned.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2011
4:09 PM

Post #8747235

Battered, but still beauttiful TST on Mexican Sunflower

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2011
4:11 PM

Post #8747244

Common Buckeye--this is only the second one I've seen this year.

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2011
4:26 PM

Post #8747275

Nice photos Mrs. Ed and BCH521! I'm seeing more BFs here, too.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2011
4:31 PM

Post #8747286

Found this large monarch cat a few minutes ago--he's too big to bring in, but he sure is nice looking

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2gardenkate

2gardenkate
Crofton, MD
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2011
4:43 PM

Post #8747314

One nice looking cat!

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2011
4:51 PM

Post #8747333

So glad to hear things are looking up Mrs Ed and BCH! I hope we get a few more down here soon and some relief from this blasted heat. I never thought I would hate high pressure as much as I do this year... :(

Come on fall...

Russell

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8747431

Four out of six of my Black STs have made their chrysalis. One is still eating and one just didn't make his chrysalis - not sure what went wrong (he made the sling but no chrysalis). No butterfly sightings today because it rained all day long. More rain forecast for tomorrow. We got over four inches just today! I like the rain but I wish it would spread itself out a little more!

Melanie

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8747433

Marna...That is a wonderful site. Lot of good step by step pictures etc. Love the gizmo idea! Gonna start saving my sour cream containers for that. I don't have a problem getting silk off of the plastic, but It would save me having to carefully scrape it off of the netting. Also those that use the aquarium or reptile cages might find it interesting too.

Love the photos BCH, Kate and Marna.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
5:46 PM

Post #8747459

BCH, why is he too big to bring in?

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2011
5:49 PM

Post #8747466

Molting on the furniture, frass on the carpet, trying to climb on the dog?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8747471

Mellie...I have had some cats to get to that point also Melanie then slump and die. Usually it is parasites that cause it, so squish it good to kill them. This one started then died from parasites.

BCH...I was going to ask the same question. I like to bring them all in, just incase they have been parasitized, then I can destroy them before they escape to do more damage. I would isolate it though.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8747472

ha! climb on the dog.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2011
5:50 PM

Post #8747473

ROFLOL!! Melanie

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8747476

I'll go ahead and throw it outside, too. Funny how I got them all at the same time (very early instar) and to have just one do that. Of course, you never know what you might bring in on the food sometimes.

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8747480

Seriously, have you noticed caterpillars will climb on anything in their wandering phase? I love when they climb on each other and the one on bottom gets mad and flips the top one off. Mom says they're "wrestling". I say they're doing an impression of a double-decker bus. Either way, it gets pretty hilarious. Like one was sneaking up behind another one and the one in front took his tail and just butt-slapped the caterpillar behind him. I laughed so hard when I saw that!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 9, 2011
5:54 PM

Post #8747481

I went to bring one in and it must have fallen off of the leaf. I searched and searched but didn't find it. Hope it made its way back up the plant. I don't have much hope for these monarchs anyway though because they are on the swamp milkweed with all the aphids. I can just imagine the OE spread.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2011
5:56 PM

Post #8747485

Melanie...I don't put them outside...the parasites will hatch and they are abundant!

Yes, Marna...I have done that too.

This message was edited Aug 9, 2011 6:58 PM

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

August 9, 2011
5:57 PM

Post #8747491

Maybe I should flush him like I do my fish.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

August 9, 2011
6:29 PM

Post #8747563

Ummm, didn't the instruction called for 'freezing treatment'? They say to freeze the affected caterpillar. I lost one, it made the sling (BST) then didn't develop any further, then turn black. I put it in the freezer to ward off the parasites that got the poor thing. :((

Melanie, those BST cats are fun to watch when they 'wrestle' with one another.

Beautiful pics. Mrs. Ed and BCH. I'm having high hope to see some Guft Frits, and Monarch here soon. :))
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2011
2:40 AM

Post #8748090

We don't bring them in because of trouble w/ parasites. I know we could keep them isolated, but we have just decided to leave them be.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2011
2:44 AM

Post #8748094

By the way Mrs. Ed still no red Gay Butterflies. All gold or yellow, and mainly gold

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 10, 2011
6:15 AM

Post #8748243

Sounds like a good plan, BCH.

Those Gay Butterflies are strange for sure. I'm still not getting seeds on the Yellow one. Just harvested some off of the Orange one though.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

August 10, 2011
9:36 AM

Post #8748548

I guess I'll start a new thread…

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1209029/

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