We came from here
Found this little guy on one of my dill plants this morning--I don't know about him, but I was cold!
Daily Pictures #92
We came from here
That's a dark Black Swallowtail. I've had one like that before, it was on wild parsley.
I lost one of my four last BST cats. Dunno what happened, but it just died. The rest seem healthy. I've had these all since first instars, so was kind of odd to lose this one.
That's what I thought, but I haven't seen enough BST cats to know for sure--sorry about your cat--sometimes it's hard to figure out.
I will make sure to take lots of pictures of the black cat as it grows.
--I don't know about him, but I was cold!
One of the late 'migrant' made it by my garden yesterday, temp. dips down to 39F last night so undoubtedly it was on his way further South as we type.
In contrast, I've more Sulphurs this year for some reason. Marna. Great pix. Today in the garden, I once again saw a lone Monarch. It was a 'boy' so I knew not to frantically search for eggs being left behind by any chances. lol Also saw a 'Long-tailed skipper' Not an official name mind you. But one I so loved for its long tail. Several Brazilian skippers, a Red Admiral and a Hackberry Emperor I think. No pix, sorry.
I have 2 sleepy orange sulfurs waiting for release tomorrow. I hope it warms up!!! :)
Great pictures of your Longtailed skipper (Urbanus proteus), sunkissed. Bravos! You've beaten me to the punch. I saw one here too in the garden, but your photos beat mine hand down. lol. Amanda, congrats on your Sulphurs eclosure.
I hadn't seen any Monarch's for a couple weeks but today I saw one lone female on on my Milkweed and she was laying eggs, I see at least seven of them. I'm gonna keep an eye on them....how long till I see a caterpillar emerge?
Oh thanks LL...isn't it so pretty, I love the blue green colors.
Here is a sulphur I saw while on my bike ride the other day on some wild morning glories, I'm now taking my camera with me on my bike rides...lol
My Cassias are getting first flowers and saw some Sulphurs in my yard today, so they didn't take long to find the blooms.
Those are lovely wild MG you've gotten there. And the Sulphur just enhances the beauty! Another great pix. This maybe my first Pear crescent (Phyciodes tharos) for the season, I don't remember having seen one before until this late in the season. The garden mum is newly acquired. :)
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Thanks Sunkissed, those pink flowers are Autumn Joy Sedum.
Lily those pretty MG are on the man made bike trail all over. They have Cassias planted along it also, many wild flowers that attract the BF's, it is why I started taking my camera when going for my bike rides. I'm supposed to be getting exercise, but always stopping and taking pictures or seed collecting...LOL. That pear crescent blends right into those gorgeous orange Mums.
Amanda so neat to see...hope you get your butterfly today, I'd love to see a picture of that.
Lots of great pictures of the pearl crescent.
I'm not sure about this one, I have looked in the guides and think it may be a Palamedes Swallowtail. So I'm asking all you wonderful experts opinion. Here is the best shot I got of it, was really on the move.
Hah, got me on that one, sunkissed. Thank you for adding your Urbanus proteus into the bugfiles. Lovely! I saw 3 Monarchs today in the garden. Wooohoooo!
Great pics everyone!
Amanda....Yes, bring that senna inside, it is an annual even down here. Whoo Hoo on the Monarch release!
Good to see pictures ....the monarch was a female btw.
I have been busy but when I have had time I did bring in eggs and cats I come across; some will emerge this weekend I think. I also managed to find time to tag and release about eight Monarchs that I netted (5 today). Most have been males thus far.
BCH....I had one of the dark BST cats one time also. Did some research but couldn't find out what the reason was for that coloration. Mine is on parsley here, not sure where it was when collected.
Amanda that is so pretty...thanks for posting the pictures. How cool...I I was out side this morning and a Monarch was laying more eggs on the milkweed while I stood and watched her.
Wow I was just reading about the eggs and see that there is only a 10% chance they'll make it to an actual BF. Now I understand why some of you take the time to harvest the eggs and raise them to be a BF. I travel too much to try my hand at raising butterflies, but can now see what a rewarding experience it must be to successfully bring a butterfly into the world.
Well... I won't let it frustrate me in continuing to make a wonderful garden for butterflies...I must somehow be doing my part in the conservation of the butterfly population. I hope so at least.
yes you are sunkissed, and I thank you on behalf of all the butterflies!!
congrats on your girl amanda!
I agree Sunkissed - keep on planting. :)
2 monarchs and 1 sulfur eclosed and released today. One of the monarchs took his time coming out, but protested when I tried to offer him lodging overnight. Instead, he is sitting atop my highest hyssop about 12' off the ground, facing south out there in the dark. It was a good day. :)