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Hummingbird and Butterfly Gardening: Melanie's Vacation Photos

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9219742

Well, I finally pulled myself away from my Nintendo DS and decided to post my pictures from WV. It was so hot and we were without power for nearly four days so I didn't do much butterfly chasing. Therefore, you'll see that most of the pictures are taken on a butterfly bush. It belongs to Grandma's neighbor who says it is taking over that end of her trailer. Just a reminder they can be invasive in some areas so plant with care. I know it's tempting because the butterflies really do love them.

To start, here's an American Lady. Notice the two round spots on the underside of the wing.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
3:59 PM

Post #9219743

A skipper that was being most cooperative.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9219744

I believe this is a Carolina Satyr. I haven't seen these guys in a while but then I haven't gone hiking in a while either.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:03 PM

Post #9219746

A Cloudless Sulphur; I didn't see nearly as many of these as I did earlier in the spring when I visited last year. Of course, Grandma's guy mowed the garden area so I didn't have a good field of clover for them to lay eggs on.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:04 PM

Post #9219748

A Painted Lady; notice it has four circles on the underside.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:06 PM

Post #9219752

Here's another good picture of the American Lady so you can see the difference.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:07 PM

Post #9219754

Here's an Eastern Tailed Blue actually opening its wings to sun itself!

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:10 PM

Post #9219758

I believe this is a Great Spangled Fritillary. Can't you tell them by the light patch between the white spots? We don't get these in Florida so I'm always excited to see one.

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mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:12 PM

Post #9219761

One of the few shots I got of an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Not as many of them this year, but then again, I went later in the year so I think I missed the first brood. Last year there were swarms of them!

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:13 PM

Post #9219763

Another common butterfly that I rarely see in Florida - the Silver Spotted Skipper. I have their host plant, false indigo, and I had two caterpillars on it a few years ago but I haven't seen any since. I still have hope, though.

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mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:15 PM

Post #9219765

A pretty beat-up looking Pipevine ST. I wish I could find their native host plant, Virginia Snakeroot. I just want to see it in the wild so I can identify it.

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mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:17 PM

Post #9219767

While I was taking a picture of this Red Spotted Purple another one flew by me.

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mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:19 PM

Post #9219769

A Cabbage White - I don't see these much in Florida which I suppose is a good thing seeing as how they are considered invasive. In fact, they're outperforming the West Virginia White which has now become endangered.

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mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9219771

The weatherman said it was time to put out the hummingbird feeders and he was right. One night while the power was out we sat on the front porch and counted five hummingbirds. They're kind of crazy and fun to watch.

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mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 26, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9219772

And finally, here's one where you can see the Ruby Throat of the hummingbird. Hope you all enjoyed the pics!

Melanie

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Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

July 26, 2012
6:37 PM

Post #9219884

Wonderful photos, thank you Melanie for sharing so much helpful information about the butterflies, their characteristics, and related hostplants besides the lovely pictures.
Kim

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

July 27, 2012
10:12 PM

Post #9221069

Thanks for sharing your nature adventure with us.

mellielong

mellielong
Lutz, FL
(Zone 9b)

July 28, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9221832

You're both very welcome! You know I enjoy it!

Melanie

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