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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 2, 2011
7:05 AM

Post #8832593

We came from here

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1217681/

Found this little guy on one of my dill plants this morning--I don't know about him, but I was cold!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 2, 2011
7:24 AM

Post #8832612

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.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 2, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8832625

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.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 2, 2011
8:30 AM

Post #8832675

Quoting: --I don't know about him, but I was cold!
Hah, Bruce, it's cold even down South! But I'm so glad you've posted the pic. of the dark BST. 'Cause I raised many of them but never a dark form before. Please keep us posted how it fairs in the garden. Marna, I lost about a dozen Gulf Frits. cats this past week. They just vanished out of sight, I'm not kidding. I've my precious 'Autumn Star' spicebush in the same butterfly cage which is in the process of making its cocoon, so I don't want to disturb their habitat for now--in order to find out if their is any remnant of survivors in there. But, I was wondering if Sassafras has chemical that harmed my G.F.s????

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.

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 2, 2011
9:25 AM

Post #8832766

Red Admiral yesterday

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 2, 2011
9:27 AM

Post #8832769

must of missed the boat...

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
4:42 PM

Post #8834785

Red admiral a few days ago.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
4:46 PM

Post #8834795

And a few days before that.

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
4:50 PM

Post #8834803

Also from that day (9/21) was this monarch.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8834808

That monarch also liked the Tithonia.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 3, 2011
4:56 PM

Post #8834813

Sulphurs were pretty rare for me this year.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 3, 2011
5:05 PM

Post #8834825

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.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 3, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8835036

I have 2 sleepy orange sulfurs waiting for release tomorrow. I hope it warms up!!! :)

A.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8836040

Wow I love the Red Admiral photos...what a beauty. Mrs. Ed what are the pink flowers yours is on?

I have a few photos to show and maybe someone can help me in ID'ing one that I've never seen before but wow is it a pretty one. Here is a good close up side view.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8836043

Here is a good top view...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:22 PM

Post #8836044

And this is just a dang good picture of it upside down...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8836059

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:34 PM

Post #8836065

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?

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:39 PM

Post #8836071

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.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:42 PM

Post #8836078

Here is the GF resting on my hammock...see the torn wings...poor thing.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 4, 2011
2:43 PM

Post #8836080

My DH actually took this GF on the passion vines...he did good!

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
2:46 PM

Post #8836081

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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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 4, 2011
4:22 PM

Post #8836196

Thanks Sunkissed, those pink flowers are Autumn Joy Sedum.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
8:28 PM

Post #8836474

Lily - I guess I should have posted here instead of starting those threads, but I didn't know!

My senna is not getting enough sun where it is now and I wonder about digging it up to bring it in. It has not flowered and is supposed to be an annual in my zone. Thoughts?

A.

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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 4, 2011
8:29 PM

Post #8836475

The first of 10 chrysalis turned black this evening. I think I will be releasing a butterfly tomorrow! :)

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 4, 2011
9:22 PM

Post #8836524

Pearl Crescent

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 5, 2011
4:41 AM

Post #8836703

Congrats Amanda on the Sulphur and the pending Monarch ... maybe today? Wooohooo. J. Lovely Pearl Crescent on asters.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2011
9:16 AM

Post #8836987

You will have to post pictures of your monarch today Amanda.

Finally got a warm day, and have a few butterflies moving today--this was a common buckeye in my driveway

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 5, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8836988

pearl crescent on what's left of a patch of zinias

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 5, 2011
10:33 AM

Post #8837085

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.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 5, 2011
10:34 AM

Post #8837087

Another shot to help...

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 5, 2011
3:44 PM

Post #8837426

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!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 5, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8837679

Hurray for Lily! :)

I'm beat! But I have to share . ...

released my first monarch of the season today and s/he headed south at approximately 2:30 p.m. EST. Should be heading your way. I have forgotten all about markings so I don't know which this is - I had a feeling it was a girl. Or a boy.

A.

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AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 5, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8837681

Had to get under her/him to get this picture of upper wings.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 5, 2011
7:24 PM

Post #8837682

Two more chrysalises turned black this evening. A sulfur hatched out late this afternoon. Tomorrow will be another busy day!

Thanks for sharing.

A.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 5, 2011
9:51 PM

Post #8837820

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.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 6, 2011
7:44 AM

Post #8838187

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.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 6, 2011
8:22 AM

Post #8838228

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.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 6, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8838614

yes you are sunkissed, and I thank you on behalf of all the butterflies!!

congrats on your girl amanda!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 6, 2011
7:47 PM

Post #8838983

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. :)

A.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 7, 2011
7:40 PM

Post #8840307

A late invitation, but anyone in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area is welcome to come to an open house visit to my butterfly farm on Saturday October 8th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You can tour around the gardens, see hundreds of caterpillars of many different species, walk through the flight cage which will have a number of live butterflies flitting about ovipositing eggs, and look through an extensive butterfly collection with specimens from around the world. You can find directions on the DCLS website (below) under Calendar of Events.

Meant to post this earlier but just got busy with other things -- like a cracked tooth, a fallen tree on my potting shed this afternoon, and various other incidents of rather bad luck. Hope to see some of you. If nothing else, I'll take some pictures and post them.

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

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 7, 2011
8:48 PM

Post #8840353

Dale - wish I lived closer. Take care of yourself!

One more monarch in the wind today.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 8, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8840691

I would definately try to be there Dale but had appts this am and need to take DH some clean clothes to rehab. Please post some pictures. I know you have some on the website, but always love to see more. Bummer on the tooth and the tree...and the stress I am sure they brought you.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2011
12:31 PM

Post #8840898

2 More monarchs released today. :)

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 8, 2011
1:30 PM

Post #8840960

Good day in the garden today, that is for October. Monarch, Fiery skipper, Variegated Fritillary, Silver-spotted skipper and of course cabbage whites. Got a couple of pictures to share later. Oh, and my last BST made its Chrysalis.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 8, 2011
1:47 PM

Post #8840968

my dark form BST cat w/ osmeterium protruding. I think I irritated it while taking photos.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 8, 2011
2:23 PM

Post #8841008

Bruce:
I was fascinated by the coloration differences found in my own garden. 2 different "broods" on different parts of the garden:

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2011
7:23 AM

Post #8841856

It is amazing how different they can be--So far I haven't heard that anyone knows why.

Found this red admiral in my garden this morning

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2011
8:11 AM

Post #8841894

Bruce, me neither. I think I saw the darker form of those BST cats. at the nursery the other day. Do you think it maybe depending on the sexes of the butterflies they were to become?

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2011
8:15 AM

Post #8841898

It's overcast and we may get some rain...but I was surprised to have found this Monarch this early morning. She was traveling solo.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 9, 2011
8:23 AM

Post #8841908

Ooops let me try that again.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8842135

As promised, here are a few pix from yesterday and today.

This was the big surprise, as I have not seen a Variegated Fritillary in the yard for a long time. Maybe a couple of years…

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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
11:34 AM

Post #8842137

This Fiery Skipper was kind enough to share with a bee.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
11:35 AM

Post #8842138

pretty buckeye

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
11:36 AM

Post #8842139

Monarch. This was today's male. Had a different male yesterday.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 9, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8842141

Red Admiral and friends on banana.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 9, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8842460

Nice!! I had a couple of RA's last week but missed getting a shot of them!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2011
6:24 PM

Post #8844146

I'm going with Peck's Sipper on this one.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2011
6:25 PM

Post #8844149

Here are two of the three monarchs I had at one time today.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8844151

The monarchs mostly love the Tithonia, but this one headed over to the lantana to sample it.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8844152

Pearl Crescent

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 10, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8844153

Same crescent

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 10, 2011
8:12 PM

Post #8844285

pretty!
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8845349

We had one more eclose last night, so I tagged him and put him outside on a flower before I left for work--hopefully there is enough time for the trip to Mexico.

We still have about 10 chrysalises to go, so i guess at this point they either make it or they don't.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 11, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8845352

I saw three today and I really hoped that one would be tagged. but it was not.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 11, 2011
5:47 PM

Post #8845516

Bruce you could ship them south!!! ;)

A.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8845621

DW is flying south next week, and she was trying to decide if she could put them in her carry on!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 11, 2011
7:25 PM

Post #8845680

A rose for that thought of your sweet DW, Bruce. Thanks on the behave of the future butterflies. :-)

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 11, 2011
9:38 PM

Post #8845794

Monarch today.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 12, 2011
7:10 PM

Post #8846924

I saw a monarch and a GF today, but neither one would sit still long enough for me to get a pic...I chased them around the yard for a while before this little one caught my eye. It wasn't too cooperative either!

Russell

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 13, 2011
7:55 AM

Post #8847326

One of numerous roosting clusters in the yard last night. A rough estimate - probably a couple of hundred monarchs in the yard each day this week, mainly nectaring on the "Miss Huff" lantana, as well as others.

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

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 13, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8847361

Oh Mr. Clark. That's a splendid sight! How wonderful to be at the right location, at the right time to witness such awesome sight!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 13, 2011
8:58 AM

Post #8847393

I would also love to see a roost. I'm always looking for them in september.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 13, 2011
7:31 PM

Post #8848142

It must be thrilling to see them. My last Monarch left home today.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 13, 2011
7:33 PM

Post #8848145

Nice job! I saw a Monarch, several Sulphers and a Longtailed skipper.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
12:56 AM

Post #8850599

Buckeyes today.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2011
1:04 AM

Post #8850601

Beautiful picture! :)
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
9:12 AM

Post #8850939

Thankyou
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
10:04 AM

Post #8851000

Hairstreak with almost open wing view.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 16, 2011
11:19 AM

Post #8851126

Another tiny blue...I think this is a Ceraunus Blue (Hemiargus ceraunus).

Russell

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jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 16, 2011
11:33 AM

Post #8851138

super pic Russell

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 16, 2011
2:35 PM

Post #8851404

Thanks J. Glad you caught that hairstreak with the wings open - that is so hard to do!

Russell

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8851538

Beautiful pics. J and Russell. I agreed with Russell, I myself, have never seen the Hairstreaks with open wings. Didn't know there are more beauty to those beauties. lol. I continue to see Sulphurs and an occasional Monarch here and there. Brazillian skippers (I think). Awww, I hope the Brazillian Skippers are done (with their breeding season), for I'm getting ready to cut down my tattered cannas (thanks to them critters -- lol). The truth to be known. I didn't have the heart to cut down the Cannas earlier for I saw that they; the caterpillars were busy-ing rolling the leaves and descimated the plants. Grrrrrrr!!!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 16, 2011
5:04 PM

Post #8851566

That's good of you, Kim! I'd rather have tattered plants because of cats than the number the aphids did on my milkweed this year!

I'm still seeing a monarch here and there too. Yesterday I saw a monarch, red admiral, question mark and pearl crescent. Not too bad for the middle of october.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 16, 2011
5:09 PM

Post #8851572

Wow, Mrs. Ed. Please help hurrying those Monarchs along. Temp. is going to drop further next week. lol.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 16, 2011
8:32 PM

Post #8851870

Love the picture of the buckeyes jmorth! Wish I had more of them around, too few and far in between.

Still tagging some monarchs. Catzgalore (Stephanie) brought me three chrysalis to the RU today and one emerged. I just happened to have my tagging stuff with me so we tagged the female reared and released! It was her first to raise! Neither one of us thought to bring a camera. The new girl hung out on plant nearby all afternoon and flew away shortly before we left. The other two should emerge in the morning.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
5:35 AM

Post #8852168

Sheila, sounds as if the RU was blessed. How special. I so missed seeing those cats. this year.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8852227

I raised a few earlier Lily, but when they eclosed they were not viable. Two couldn't fly and one never got out of the chrysalis. It was sad...had to put them down. They either had OE or had be parasitized I guess.
So it was definately a blessing to see the chrysalis that Catz brought to me. The other two look like they will eclose this morning!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8852471

Ooo, best of luck!

From this morning. You will not believe this but it was 45 degrees when I shot this.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
9:01 AM

Post #8852472

This was from the 11th. I think this is the only Painted Lady I have seen all season. I could be wrong though.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
9:18 AM

Post #8852502

I have had 2 monarch in my yard since yesterday afternoon. I guess that's why they call it a Waystation. :)

2 sleepy orange sulfurs eclosed yesterday too. I have one more cat, and she is half the size she needs to be to morph. Sheila - if your addy's in the exchange maybe I'll send you some sulfur chrysalises. :D

A.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 17, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8852665

I've got two monarchs out there right now. I think this is the latest I have seen them!

lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 17, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8853216

Had a White Angled-Sulphur (Anteos clorinde) in my yard yesterday. These guys are HUGE (around 3 inches) and so far about the only interesting stray to make it up to north Texas this year. They never sit still long and this one sipped on two types of lantana and a Mexican Flamevine before heading east. The photo here is one I took in 2008.

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

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 17, 2011
5:27 PM

Post #8853247

That is a wild looking critter! Thanks for sharing.

Russell

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8853291

Amanda...Don't send the chrysalis, there are strict rules about mailing those. Neither one of us need to be arested for transporting them! LOL! Thanks for the thought though. I will have some eventually I am sure.

Neat White angled-sulphur Dale!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
8:34 PM

Post #8853466

Love this skipper's silhouette on the EE.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8853470

Sheila - I was joking about the chrysalis. ;)

Here is what they look like when they are about to eclose:

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
8:37 PM

Post #8853474

Also had 2 yesterday and one Monarch hanging around Waystation #4320 today. :)

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 17, 2011
8:59 PM

Post #8853495

Super great picture of the ready to eclose sulphur Amanda. You need to add that one to the bugfile for that species.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 17, 2011
9:03 PM

Post #8853498

I just did. :)

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

October 18, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8853687

Super fantastic photos on the ready to emerge Sulphurs! Congrats Amanda, what's a wonderful accomplishment. Also serving as models for others. I'm heading over to the BugFiles soon to look for that lovely pic. again. How marvelous nature's handy work. Did anyone notice how the chrysalid mimic Autumn color leaves? Awes making wonder!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 18, 2011
5:44 AM

Post #8853760

http://davesgarden.com/guides/bf/showimage/13602/

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 18, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8854027

That's neat, Lily - hadn't thought of that aspect of mimicry. I think the chrysalis looks like a thorn hanging that way - I haven't seen any on the plant because I took all the larvae in, but I suspect they'd be completely invisible on that Cassia out there.

We're supposed to get more rain tomorrow. That's okay - my rain barrels are empty and need to fill 'em up. Even tho' temps are cooler that sun is still hot. Love love love the garden in October. I think it's nature's way of trying to cheer me.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2011
5:51 PM

Post #8856359

Had a couple of visitors this evening.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8856362

On plumeria.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2011
5:52 PM

Post #8856363



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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 19, 2011
5:55 PM

Post #8856367

Taking flight impressionist style...

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 23, 2011
6:43 PM

Post #8860862

A nice female Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) on the frostweed (the plant, not Josephine :) ).

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

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 23, 2011
6:45 PM

Post #8860866

Lots of Dainty Sulphurs (Nathalis iole) flying around the last few days. This one is nectaring on Zexmenia.

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

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2011
8:07 AM

Post #8861411

I think this is a Question Mark...

also had a Monarch fly thru yesterday!

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 24, 2011
3:21 PM

Post #8861989

Funny Dale!
Nice shots ev1.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 24, 2011
11:29 PM

Post #8862544

Dainty Sulphur is really cool.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:22 AM

Post #8862641

I had some catching up to do since I was gone all last week camping. Jmorth that Buck-eye is really a striking butterfly...never see those here that I recall, but I know I've seen them somewhere before. Dale the sulfur is really neat, and what a nice close up shot.
I was camping not too far from here at Wekiwa Springs and there was a bunch of wonderful wildflowers there, and they were just booming with some of the biggest butterflies I've ever seen. I was in HEAVEN standing amongst them in the middle of the field just watching them fluttering all around me.
I'm not sure of the ID of all of them but maybe you can all help me out...so I can post in the BUG files. :)


This one was so beautiful and like I said really big a good four inches, the blue so bright...I had to really zoom in since it wouldn't come real close to me like some of the others. Help with ID?


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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8862643

A GF on a Florida Paintbrush, they all loved that wildflower the most.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:28 AM

Post #8862648

Some sulfurs on the ground...I almost stepped on them...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:31 AM

Post #8862653

The underside...lots of these and I didn't bother them at all, some almost landed upon me.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:32 AM

Post #8862656

Two together...sorry about the pic quality...had to really zoom in and it was cloudy out...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:33 AM

Post #8862659

This sulfur was a bright lime green color, unlike the very yellow ones in my garden...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8862662

Really blurry but best shot I got...need help with ID on it????

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:39 AM

Post #8862665

Like I said they loved the Florida Paintbrush...the reason I could even get half these pictures...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:42 AM

Post #8862667

Sun peeped out and I got a back lit butterfly...just look at that wing span...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:45 AM

Post #8862671

Like I said...IN HEAVEN...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:47 AM

Post #8862675

Such beauty...not sure of the ID on this one...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8862678

Last but not least...my camera battery died right after this one...but it was the most beautiful and I'm glad I got it...much more blue than the others and the wing span had to be a good four plus inches...

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
4:57 AM

Post #8862680

One more...don't want anyone to get bored...but had to share the field of flowers...a butterflies paradise...my heaven...

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 25, 2011
6:35 AM

Post #8862803

Great pictures sunkissed. Your first looks like a pipevine to me, ...wrong it was the dark form TSTagain. Fool me everytime! Then you have seven pictures of Tiger STs, one being the dark form. Can't be sure on the others, but looks like the first sulphur pic is a mating pair! Maybe Lepfarmer, Mellie, or MsEd can id definately for you.


edited to correct after Dale's post.

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lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

October 25, 2011
8:44 AM

Post #8863018

Sunkissed:

From the first of your photos: Female dark form Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Gulf Fritillary, mating pair of Cloudless Sulphur (male top, female hanging down), next two are E. Tiger Swallowtails, another Cloudless Sulphur (male), Palamedes Swallowtail, dark form female E. Tiger Swallowtail, next four are also E. Tiger Swallowtails -- with the last being a nice shot of a light form female. Great pictures! And I want that plant!

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

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

October 25, 2011
12:50 PM

Post #8863293

Beautiful!!

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 25, 2011
1:16 PM

Post #8863324

Thanks so much for the ID Dale and Shelia...I can now post the pictures in the right places. Dale that plant is really a striking flower, they stand out as far as the eye can see. There was also Summer farewell, blazing star everywhere, yellow buttons, beautiful dog fennel, goldenrod...but the butterflies loved the Florida paintbrush the most. I've seen those growing on the side of the Interstate also.

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Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 26, 2011
5:45 AM

Post #8864176

Thanks Dale, I just can't get those straight! But I don't do it for a living like you do my friend!

I am with Dale Sunkissed...we need that plant around here. If you send Dale some seeds after he gets it going on his property he will share.
I see you have already posted your picture of the plant in PF too! http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54612/
One thing I noticed on another plant site it said part shade and on DG it says full sun. It looked like your picture would be full sun ...right?

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 26, 2011
6:34 AM

Post #8864236

They were in full sun, maybe some scattered pines here and there, but none in full shade at all. I plan on going back...it is a state park...so seed snatching not allowed...but some might stick to me as I walk through them. ;--)...nothing was seeding just yet.
jmorth
Divernon, IL
(Zone 5b)

October 26, 2011
8:56 AM

Post #8864387

Must have been an exhilarating experience sunkissed.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 26, 2011
11:40 AM

Post #8864601

I looked online for a source and haven't been able to locate a seed source. Yet!

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

October 27, 2011
5:11 PM

Post #8866278

Great photos sunkissed! Love the TSTs! I have never seen one in person, but they seem spectacular on here.

Keep them coming.

Russell

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 27, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8866397

I contacted someone online who volunteered to send me some seed from the FL paintbrush a little later in the season. :D

If Sunkissed can't get enough seed to stick to her sweater the next time she goes back send me a dmail and I'll see how far I can stretch the seed I expect to obtain in November.

A.

p.s. 2 more sleepy orange sulfurs took flight today. I am not seeing much of anything but bees lately, so the bright orange flash in the garden is gratifying and welcome.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 28, 2011
5:22 AM

Post #8866687

Amanda do you have in idea when they will start seeding, they seemed to be just coming out and I plan a day trip over there, but cost six bucks to go in, so timing will be the key.
I'll be glad to mail anyone any if I can get some...ya know to stick to my sweater.
The rules say not to molest the plants or animals...is seed snatching considered molesting? LOL. I could see me getting on the news as a plant molester.☺

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2011
5:41 AM

Post #8866699

Best not try to satch those seeds then! LOL!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

October 28, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8866700

We can start to collect some bail money.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

October 28, 2011
5:43 AM

Post #8866702

;-)

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 28, 2011
5:52 AM

Post #8866710

Well I looked it up and not on Florida's endangered or protected...so they won't throw my in jail.
Looks like the plant won't go to seed until December...but I really can't find information on it. I have the most perfect place where all my natives go and thrive.
Amanda can you share where to get the seeds?

Sherri

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8866967

Sherri - I'm afraid the source is just some poor hapless butterfly aficionado like the rest of us who happened to post photos of the plant on his blog. I reviewed his page and ventured an email to him. Like some of our DG folks he grows some natives for sale at home, but not this plant species. He said he leaves it to the bigger nurseries to propagate and sell. He told me if I would send a SASE and an email reminder in "about a month" he would be glad to send me some seeds from plants he has growing in his garden.

When collecting seed in the "wild" not only with regard to IUCN status, I would look at the site and be sure that I am not taking all the seed from all the plants. Especially if it's not particularly widespread in the area.

As Sheila suggested, I will be sure to get some to Dale so he can grow a bumper crop for the rest of us. Don't forget to poke and prod me in a month to remind my new internet friend. I put it on my calendar to remind myself.

Keep your fingers crossed. ;)

A.


sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

October 29, 2011
6:39 AM

Post #8867815

Thanks Amanda, jokes aside, I have full respect for the conservation of our natural habitats and would never do anything to harm them. My only goal is to preserve all we have left in this world that nature gives us.
I'll mark my calendar also.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 2, 2011
6:14 PM

Post #8873846

Was surprised at seeing a number of Monarchs today!
EFGeorgia1
Lizella, GA
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
7:26 PM

Post #8873925

Wow, nanny! It has been quite cool here. Saw a gulf frit yesterday and one yellow sulphur today. It is suppose to warm up and rain...YEAH!!!!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 2, 2011
7:33 PM

Post #8873933

Lost a sulfur yesterday when one of my chrysalis nets blew down. Looked like one of them tried to eclose and ended up fighting against gravity. Still have 5 left in chrysalises. Crazy bugs.

Nanny - that is surprising, but I guess so much of this is behind schedule this year!

All the best to them!

A.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
10:40 PM

Post #8874162

That heat wave in the NE may have triggered more mating and they are just now coming south? FrostyKay said she had mating pairs in NE TX on Oct 1st too.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 3, 2011
2:47 AM

Post #8874243

I saw one flying south yesterday on my way back from work. Hope it makes it--as there are several days of mild weather forcast it might.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 4, 2011
7:16 AM

Post #8876017

I went for a hike two days ago in the fields I was in camping a couple weeks back. Most the Liatris is going to seed, but a few showed their bright lilac colors here and there. All they yellow buttons and summer's farewell are gone to seed. The Florida paintbrush is still there and some are starting to fade, but none gone to seed yet. Not so many butterflies this time, but I did see a few Gulf Frits and E. Swallowtails...and lots of bees.
Not sure what the new flowering bush is with the light lilac blooms, looks a lot like the Florida paintbrush crossed with Liatris, but the BF's and bees loved it.

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sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 4, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8876019

Another shot of the flower with a GF on it...

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 8, 2011
2:05 AM

Post #8881145

Had 4 chrysallises left on the porch that we forgot about until we had this recent warm spell--DD found this beauty flying around the porch--don't hold out much hope for it's survival, but we released it anyway.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 12, 2011
8:31 AM

Post #8886968

Yesterday, while DH and I took a brief walk. I spotted this GF in the wild. Just for the record, we dodged a killing frost just the preceeding morning. Temp. was in the low 30'ish F. I still see an occasional Sulphur here and there. Bruce, hope those migrants made the journey. Life is tough out there in the wild.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 12, 2011
11:38 AM

Post #8887150

Received my pawpaw trees today, so I spent the morning planting them--looking forward to having some Zebra ST photos for the forum in the next couple of years!

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 12, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8887159

Congrats Bruce on the pawpaw trees planting. Looking forward to the future. Have a great weekend.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2011
2:02 PM

Post #8887360

Oh Bruce, hope that works! I have heard that a friend of my mom's has some on her property (both the trees and the butterflies). I've been meaning to go look some summer.




sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 13, 2011
3:27 AM

Post #8888058

My Mexican sunflowers are attracting the swallowtails...this was yesterday...two EST enjoying those stalks way up there...had to zoom my camera as much as it could go to get the shot of one of them.

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 13, 2011
3:31 AM

Post #8888059

Also saw a GF fluttering about and this Monarch on my milkweed.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
12:22 PM

Post #8888493

Sunkissed, I've zone envy -- until I saw this guy in the garden this morning. lol I had a Question Mark bf. this time of year!? I couldn't believe my own eyes.

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8888496

This one is a 'brain teaser' for Bruce especially. LOL. Can you find the butterfly among the 'golden' leaves?

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sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 13, 2011
3:17 PM

Post #8888673

Ha ha...I finally found it...started to think you were playing games and there was no BF...had a son that loved "Where is Waldo"...so I got pretty good at finding hidden items in photos.

I even have monarch eggs on my milkweed again, but the last ones were gone after a couple days of hatching...I think it is the ants that might eat them. I don't have much hope for the two eggs I see now. However I have had cats that made it all the way before.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
3:31 PM

Post #8888697

Great eyes for finding 'Waldo'. lol

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
3:33 PM

Post #8888702

I found it too - looks like a friend of mine. :)

A.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 13, 2011
3:38 PM

Post #8888708

Hi Amanda, when was the last time you've realeased one of those "friends"? They sure are pretty. I thought about your fabulous pictures that you've added to BugFiles when I took this pic. today.

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BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 13, 2011
4:19 PM

Post #8888769

DW found it because it was driving me crazy!!

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 14, 2011
4:55 AM

Post #8889454

I found it pretty quick only because I have had those land on the yellow leaves when trying to take their picture. When I saw the picture I knew what was hiding! Good shot, they are quick too.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8889699

That reminds me to go and look for some casia seeds in the wild, Sheila. I saw one in blooms during the summer, I need to return to the spot and finding some seeds. Hope the weather has let off some where you're. Best wishes.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2011
1:53 PM

Post #8890185

Our weather is very mild here still. In our morning stroll, DH and I found this American Painted Lady bf;

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Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2011
1:56 PM

Post #8890191

...

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 14, 2011
4:52 PM

Post #8890399

Thanks, Lily. :)

Yes, the sulfurs are darty and hard to catch in a photo so I was pleased to see this one. What's amazing is the difference in color on the underside of the wings you see in the photo you posted in the leaves and the top of the wings which is a dazzling yellowy-orange!

I looked yesterday and there were still 2 chrysalises left. They are exposed (1) on a stick; and (2) on the screened lid of its container in a raised bed in my neighbor's front yard. There they receive direct sun from about 11 a.m. - dark. As I mentioned, sun and temperature had a direct impact on eclosure rates so I hoped with "the season" waning that they'd get out as fast as possible!

One had already started to change colors. The last one (on the stick) was the last to morp so that one may take a little longer.

Will check tomorrow. I had a busy day and did not get to look at all. It was over 70 degrees here today and enjoyed every minute of it!!! :)

Have a pleasant evening.

A.

p.s. I'd love to get some seed of the native Cassia marilandica! I'll bet it would do better/bloom faster here than the tropical variety (C. alata) I tried to grow here. I let it go to the frost the other night. Too many unknowns at this point to try and dig that mother up. ;)

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8897306

Some pics of today...lots of activity, but everything was moving around!

Interesting pose

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
1:59 PM

Post #8897309

Warrior..tough life

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
2:00 PM

Post #8897311

Small sulphur.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
2:01 PM

Post #8897313

This one just wouldn't sit still.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
2:02 PM

Post #8897315

My favorite. GF on sage.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
2:04 PM

Post #8897318

Battered sulphur...

I also saw several American snouts, a red admiral and a couple of unidentified skippers.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8897322

Not sure about this one.

Russell

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 19, 2011
2:24 PM

Post #8897334

I've zone envy here Russell. I don't get to see as many butterflies here. Yesterday, however I and DH saw this Common Buckeye (?) on our stroll. Today I saw a passer-by Monarch. Yes, a Monarch-- but it didn't stop for nectar-- but just passing by. Sorry I didn't recognize the last butterfly you posted. Hope someone will chime in soon.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 19, 2011
2:28 PM

Post #8897338

I love those buckeyes. I rarely see them in my yard this time of year, generally they are here in the spring. I was shocked by the number of different species cruising around the last couple of days.

Russell

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 19, 2011
10:06 PM

Post #8898176

Russell, I think that is a common checkered-skipper. If you go to the lepfarmer's site and click on the left side under "What's on the wing" there is usually pics of all the butterflies that are being found flying in N TX at that time. Some are in your area also. Very good place to start when trying to id.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 20, 2011
6:12 AM

Post #8898344

Thanks Sheila. I have the site bookmarked now. That looks like the best fit for this little one.

Russell

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 20, 2011
6:24 AM

Post #8898353

yakmon love the photos, activity has been high here also, and the monarchs are still laying eggs. Lots of variety...haven't seen any hummers though.

Monarch cat on my milkweed this past week

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 20, 2011
8:50 AM

Post #8898526

Nice pic sunkissed - I miss having those! I haven't had any monarch or queen cats this fall, despite the yard being swarmed by them. There are several milkweed assassin bugs camped out on both varieties of MW I have. I wonder if they are killing the cats. I had a problem with wasps earlier in the year and caught several of them eating cats right off the plant.

Russell

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 20, 2011
3:53 PM

Post #8899026

Yes, the assassin bugs do prey on caterpillars and other insects. Here is a couple of links I want to share. The first is on the assassin bugs. http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/bugs/assassin/assassin.htm
http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/
This link is a wonderfully done website that came up in my search. It has a good monarch photo section where it shows wasp even destroying a final stage chrysalis! http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/wasppupa.php There is loads of other interesting facts on that last website too.

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2011
4:30 PM

Post #8899078

Nice photos Russell - thanks for sharing.

Hey! Lily -way to go on your first (?!) sighting. I know you've been passed over this year. :/

Sheila - hope to take a look at those links before next season. All the more motivation to take and protect as many as you can. I have to laugh at myself when I think about what a lame hobby this has become. A slave to a bunch of bugs.

Hope everyone's had a great weekend. I got together with some DG friends not too far away and had a lovely pre-Thanksgiving dinner.

Hugs,
A.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 20, 2011
6:27 PM

Post #8899214

Caught in the act! The MW assassin got a bee this afternoon.

Russell

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 20, 2011
7:03 PM

Post #8899251

Amanda, I've seen many a Monarchs in the garden earlier in the season. Only no eggs or cats. Whoaa! Russell, the MW assassin bug is something else isn't it? That could be a fly instead of a bee?

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 20, 2011
10:36 PM

Post #8899483

Great photo Russell!


Went back to a previous to give the correct link on the paper wasp and Monarch. http://www.butterflyfunfacts.com/wasppupa.php

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 21, 2011
3:20 AM

Post #8899538

Ooops - right Lily. My BF said he saw a sulfur yesterday. I was away for the weekend and have to go across the street to check if my last chrysalis eclosed. Then I will need advice on how to overwinter the BSW cats in this mesh box I have! One or two have already fallen from their stirrups, but 2 years ago when I had my first overwinter, she surprised me by crawling out from the closet on the floor after I thought I had lost her when she fell from the stick she'd attached to.

Have a nice week fellow bug lovers.

A.
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

November 21, 2011
5:53 AM

Post #8899643

Russell:

Your first "Small Sulphur" is a Lyside Sulphur (Kricogonia lyside). The next is a Large Orange Sulphur (Phoebis agarithe). The battered sulphur is another Lyside (nice shot!). And the skipper is a female Tropical Checkered Skipper (Pyrgus oileus).

Sheila: Perfectly normal to find some monarchs in our area that are continuing to breed through October and even early November. Quite doubtful that most of them will be heading to Mexico, though. Monarchs in my yard the past week or ten days or so are showing no signs of moving south, even after cold fronts move through. Natural selection at work...

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

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 21, 2011
6:21 AM

Post #8899668

Thanks Dale! I have such a hard time with the sulphurs. I appreciate your assistance.

Russell

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 21, 2011
10:07 AM

Post #8899937

Dale - non-migratory birds? Like Canada Geese at the retaining pond?! :D

A.

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 22, 2011
4:37 AM

Post #8901132

Russell that is an amazing catch of the assassin bug eating a bee. I've never seen the assassin bug in my garden. Here the problem is mostly with ants and wasp. The little inch long one above..gone...something got it. That is the largest I saw a cat get this year. I do miss the years I used to see them get full sized. Haven't see that in a few years now.
I was reading hummers and lady bugs also will eat the eggs. Doesn't see to be a chance out there for them.

Still enjoying Gulf Frits, Monarchs, sulphurs, and skippers daily. Haven't see anymore swallowtails this past week.

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Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 23, 2011
5:39 AM

Post #8902452

I have several pics to share of those I have seen...but no time. Getting ready for the holidays. Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2011
9:51 AM

Post #8902707

Ditto that, Sheila - I'm thankful to have found a bunch of bug-crazy friends on the internet. ;)

A.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 23, 2011
3:43 PM

Post #8903219

Me too Amanda--happy thanksgiving everyone!

Bruce

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2011
4:37 PM

Post #8903308

I'm thankful there is a small group of us here that share same love for the outdoor and wildlife. Happy Thanksgiving Bruce, Amanda, Sheila, Marna, Dale, Nan, sunkissed and everyone that visits this forum. :-)

(pic. from last Summer).

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AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 23, 2011
6:44 PM

Post #8903429

News to be thankful for:

I sent an email this evening and received a prompt reply from the gentleman who volunteered to share FL Paintbrush seed. He said he was going to collect some this weekend and he would get back to me afterwards. I now have his addy to send my SASE. I should send a giant bubble envie, yes? :D

I will let you know when I hear back. If I get more than 10-20 seeds, there may be more to share than just those sent to Dale to propagate for the rest of us. ;)

Have a good night/great weekend. I will be around and not entertaining (but being entertained!!!) so I will check in to let you know if I see any butterfly activity.

A.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 24, 2011
5:36 AM

Post #8903734

Glad I volunteered Dale! That said, he has a wonderful garden there and even if I don't get seeds later, I could visit at tour time and take pictures!!
lepfarmer
Red Oak, TX

November 24, 2011
6:11 AM

Post #8903762

And I'm glad you volunteered me, too, Sheila! And I'm glad that Amanda is pursuing this -- looks like a great butterfly plant for all of us to have in our gardens. Even if I can only get a few plants going, those will eventually make seeds, and so on and so on...

Hope everyone has a wonderful thanksgiving day. While you're preparing this morning for the big feast, I'll be putting plastic over the last of the greenhouses. Once that's done I'm off to a family gathering and intend to eat like a p.i.g. hog.

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

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 24, 2011
4:58 PM

Post #8904213

Enjoy Dale! My family is coming tomorrow because of work scheldules etc. I have been cooking today in preparation so my pig day is tomorrow!
I am still seeing Monarchs flying around the yard two or three today, and wasn't out looking! This is the first time I can remember having flowers in bloom at Thanksgiving. I am sure that will end in the coming weeks.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 24, 2011
11:53 PM

Post #8904704

Greetings friends!

As of the very early morning after Thanksgiving, there is one sulfur chrysalis left in a sheltered spot in my neighbor's front yard. This was the last to go thru the process, and I had to coax him/her to do that.

It has turned a bit orange which has been the harbinger of eclosure, but it's not going anywhere fast. We are still having 60 deg. temps in the daytime and night temps vary, but we have only had 1 night of hard frost. Crazy critters.

Still - no one has replied to my new thread about overwintering BST chrysalis. You all could weigh in over there, but you folks in TX and FL prolly have no experience with this. :D

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1231254/

Thanks for all you do.

A.
BCH521
Homeworth, OH
(Zone 5b)

November 25, 2011
8:38 AM

Post #8904984

I put my BST chrysallises in a jar, and put them in the fridge--that has worked well for me before.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 26, 2011
6:29 AM

Post #8906218

Here is a link I found. http://www.joyfulbutterfly.com/articles/overwinter-chrysalis.html
Since it is turning colors it may be too late to try to over-winter in the fridge. Your temps are about like ours right now, and I am still seeing sulphurs flying. I think Dale said that they find leaf litter or shelter even as adults then emerge in the spring and fly.

http://blog.hmns.org/?p=5882 Another link seems to support that also.

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yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2011
9:31 AM

Post #8906409

I had a cloudless sulphur hatch on Thanksgiving. We brought it in from outside on the empress candle plant. I missed it eclosing, but saw it shortly after. I saw several new visitors on Thanksgiving too.

Here is a GF.



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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2011
9:33 AM

Post #8906411

And a GST.

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2011
9:34 AM

Post #8906412

and a Red Admiral

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yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2011
9:35 AM

Post #8906415

Common Buckeye

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

November 26, 2011
10:01 AM

Post #8906441

Thanks Sheila for the caterpilars overwintering link. The info. is very much helpful. Wow Russell, great variety.

yakmon

yakmon
Portland, TX
(Zone 9b)

November 26, 2011
2:10 PM

Post #8906739

They have really been thick the last couple of weeks. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, and I am looking forward to more visitors.

Russell

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 26, 2011
7:13 PM

Post #8907110

You bet Lily! Great photos Russell!

Now anyone with more...please start a new thread, this one is very slow with over 200 posts!!.

AmandaEsq

AmandaEsq
Greensboro, NC
(Zone 7b)

November 27, 2011
8:52 PM

Post #8908493

Here it is:

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1231839/

Follow me! Please? :D

sunkissed

sunkissed
Winter Springs, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 30, 2011
4:08 AM

Post #8911174

I had some catching up to do and will head over to the new link but wanted to say Yakmon wonderful photos. Thanks Shelia for that link, very informative.
Amanda great news on the FL paintbrush. I hope you get your seeds...it is a wonderful butterfly magnet. It grows very well in Central FL sandy soils.
Anyway now over to the new thread...hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

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