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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 13, 2013 10:09 AM CST
I thought I'd begin a new thread for June. I hope y'all will share photo's of the flying beauties that visit your area!

I've seen a few Butterflies lately; flitting around so fast! This is a Gulf Fritillary that landed long enough for me to get a couple of shots:
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jmorth
Jun 14, 2013 12:01 AM CST
Good shot.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 14, 2013 8:24 AM CST
Thanks J ... the red mulch in the background of the first shot makes it kind of washed out and I got my own shadow in the second shot.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 15, 2013 10:35 AM CST
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly showdown with a Brown Anole Lizard. The lizard lunged, but the B'fly got away ... this time. Hurray!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 15, 2013 10:37 AM CST
I was walking around the garden this morning and spotted a single Monarch Caterpillar on the Scarlet Milkweed (Asclepias curassavica):
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 15, 2013 1:43 PM CST
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly & Gulf Fritillary Caterpillar:
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 15, 2013 1:49 PM CST
Monarch Butterfly:
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Another Monarch Butterfly and Monarch Caterpillar
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 16, 2013 8:43 AM CST
Another Monarch this morning:
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jun 16, 2013 1:15 PM CST
Lin, those are all awesome shots!! Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 16, 2013 5:53 PM CST
Thanks Margaret!
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 16, 2013 7:40 PM CST
Ah, love those Monarchs, Lin! I sure do hope for some better population numbers on the Monarchs next year. It's depressing how few there are left...and I'm afraid the Queens (which also use milkweed) are declining in a similar fashion.
I have good news! Not sure if anyone is familiar with the Snowberry Clearwing Moth, but I'm pretty sure I've got its caterpillars on my Coral Honeysuckle! I've always wanted to see those! It makes it so much more interesting to have enough good host plants in your yard!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 17, 2013 6:29 AM CST
Oh Linda, that is so cool! I can't wait to hear about (and see photo's) of the progress of that caterpillar! I had to google to see pic's of that moth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemaris_diffinis I thought it sounded familiar and yep, I saw one a few years ago.
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jun 17, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Okay, I got confirmation of ID! A lady who has raised them before said they are easy to raise and gave me an url for info. Ha! We will see! I didn't want my big Coral Honeysuckle defoliated, but it's okay. I have one more of that plant in a pot and a couple of another Lonicera species. These are special. Not just the one caterpillar, either, there's a bunch of them on the plant, haven't counted yet. The sneaky mother didn't even let me know what she did or I could have seen the eggs and first instar! Here's the url I was given:
http://www.silkmoths.bizland.com/hdiffinis.htm
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 17, 2013 10:52 AM CST
My calamondin tree is attracting this butterfly today..up and down it goes Smiling

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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jun 17, 2013 1:05 PM CST
Linda, that is a really cool moth, I will be on the lookout for them, looks like they could be in my area. Thumbs up

Tarev, very nice shots! Thumbs up
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jun 17, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Thanks Margaret! Smiling
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jmorth
Jun 18, 2013 12:47 AM CST
I was able to get some pictures of Strawberry Clearwing last September in a state park here
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jun 18, 2013 8:41 AM CST
J, those are pretty good shots of the strawberry clearwing! Thumbs up
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jun 18, 2013 9:32 AM CST
tarev: Great photo's of that lovely Swallowtail ... really pretty! Thumbs up

J: Great shots of that moth ... I just love the *plump* moths! Smiling
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Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Jun 18, 2013 12:43 PM CST
A lucky shot of this one yesterday--is this a spicebush? It's on the ground next to a chrysanthemum.

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