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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 3, 2013 1:30 PM CST
Not bad, considering I haven't seen a living Queen butterfly so far this year! Sneaky mom! The Queen caterpillar I found on Texas Milkweed.
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 4, 2013 6:33 AM CST
Oh, very cool; I'd love to see a Queen B'fly!

I'm still seeing a few Monarch's around and a couple of caterpillars on the Scarlet Milkweed:
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 4, 2013 9:30 AM CST
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jul 4, 2013 10:10 AM CST
Swallowtail resting way up there:

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 4, 2013 12:30 PM CST
Beautiful tiger, tarev! It seems to have missing tails, but butterflies can manage without them.
Okay, here's a Black Swallowtail I raised, now on a tree outside, waiting until it is ready to try flying. And a close-up of the Queen caterpillar, who will get plenty of fresh milkweed, since no other caterpillars have needed any this year (and I have lots of it):
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Jul 4, 2013 12:51 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 5, 2013 3:59 PM CST
tarev: Wow, that Swallowtail is way up on the side of the building; sad that something ate it's tail. Sad

Linda: Lovely Black Swallowtail and Queen Cat ... first time I've ever seen a photo of the caterpillar of the Queen B'fly ... pretty!

Monarch's are still around, and this afternoon I spotted a Red-banded Hairstreak:
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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 5, 2013 5:40 PM CST
Well, today I saw this sulfur butterfly and a Texas Powdered Skipper:
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And here's a Snowberry Clearwing Moth that emerged today in the container in which I raised it. I released it afterward...love how they fly...kind of hover-flying!
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And then there's the Spicebush Swallowtail caterpillars that I brought home from a native plant nursery. First one is smaller and still has a bird-dropping form. The larger one has taken on a green appearance with eyespots. SO cute!
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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 5, 2013 6:01 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 5, 2013 6:21 PM CST
Linda, beautiful Sulphur; such a pretty color! I've never seen a Snowberry Clearwing and that is one neat looking moth. Awesome shots of the caterpillars too ... they are so unusual and so cool looking! Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jul 5, 2013 8:02 PM CST
plantladylin said:Linda, beautiful Sulphur; such a pretty color! I've never seen a Snowberry Clearwing and that is one neat looking moth. Awesome shots of the caterpillars too ... they are so unusual and so cool looking! Hurray! Thumbs up


I agree Hurray! Thumbs up
Name: Avedon
NE Tex (Zone 8a)
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Avedon
Jul 6, 2013 10:06 AM CST
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I am guessing this is a sulphur on the zinnia.
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 6, 2013 10:46 AM CST
Wow, very pretty ... both the Sulphur and the Zinnia!!

I'm not good at all comparing photo's but I wonder if it could be the Dainty Sulphur? http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Nathalis-iole
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 6, 2013 4:43 PM CST
Monarch at the Tropical Milkweed:
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jul 7, 2013 10:07 AM CST
That's a lovely butterfly! And the milkweed, I love that too, it is my new favorite in my garden this year. Lovey dubby
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jul 7, 2013 10:11 AM CST
We were at the Filoli gardens yesterday and with their vast well maintained gardens, so many butterflies and bees around..hard to catch them on photo..managed to get one butterfly..I love its color Lovey dubby

Got an ID for this butterfly..thanks so much Janet! ID is Chalcedon Checkerspot.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 9, 2013 8:41 PM CST
Walking in my flower bed I saw this one just laying there. It had obviously just expired. Who knows why... maybe it had plain lived out it's life. Anyway, it was so beautiful & of course there was no problem getting it to hold still for photos so I took the opportunity to snap pics of both sides of it.
Zebra Swallowtail

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jul 9, 2013 8:59 PM CST
Oh Ann, that is one beautiful butterfly! So sad it died but yes, I guess it was it's time. Crying I've never seen a Zebra Swallowtail ... sure is gorgeous!
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Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
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tarev
Jul 9, 2013 9:16 PM CST
Poor thing..it was a beauty, I love that red pattern with stripes Lovey dubby
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jul 9, 2013 9:39 PM CST
Poor butterfly...but that's the cycle of life, I guess! Yes, a beautiful butterfly!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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