Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: October 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Sep 30, 2015 7:08 PM CST

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We came from here: The thread "September 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

It's October but the butterflies are still flying. Here's a Skipper I saw yesterday.

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More Phaon Crescents released.

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Many more tiny chrysalises waiting to be released.

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Sep 30, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Oh that little Phaon Crescent is so cute. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Thanks for the new thread Melanie.
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Catmint20906
Oct 1, 2015 4:00 AM CST
Pretty skipper and what cute little chrysalises!!
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 1, 2015 8:09 AM CST
That sure is a cute little crescent and their little, bitty chrysalises!!! Lovey dubby

I'm starting to recognize the Spanish needles (with skipper butterfly). I think I need some. Rolling my eyes.

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Oct 1, 2015 11:04 AM CST
I think the tomato hornworm will burrow into the ground to pupate. Thumbs up They sure are big eaters!

One of the GS butterfly cats now hanging out on a branch... I can't find the other one, he was small - maybe hiding somewhere (I hope). They don't eat so much. Smiling

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jmorth
Oct 1, 2015 4:04 PM CST
Only Whites and Skippers noticed today -


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Catmint20906
Oct 1, 2015 5:08 PM CST
I'm mostly down to Whites and Skippers, too! Just the one male Monarch with the torn wing who still nectars in the yard...
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jimard8
Oct 1, 2015 5:13 PM CST
Yesterday I saw a Silver spotted skipper , Today I saw one Cabbage white , and that was all , not even grass skippers ,, Cold windy day ,, said not today ,, Sad Sighing!
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Oct 1, 2015 5:37 PM CST
We've been in the upper 50s and rainy all day today. Glare When I went out after work to get milkweed and fennel for the cats, I don't think I saw a single pollinator anywhere... Sad
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DavidLMO
Oct 1, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Saw some Cabbage white moths today and a butterfly that looked sorta like a Monarch, but much smaller. Thats it. And my Huge Tobacco Hornworm cat is gone.

Been very cool - highs 60 or so and lows 40 - 45. (Must bring in plants. Sad )
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Oct 2, 2015 4:16 AM CST
Time for my basement to get crowded as well!
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Oct 2, 2015 4:31 AM CST

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Critter, I see you managed to follow us into our new monthly thread. See, not hard at all!

I've been mostly unconscious since Tuesday. Even for someone with chronic fatigue, I've somehow outdone myself. Don't know if I'm having a flare-up or if I'm a little sick. My throat has been scratchy and that's not generally one of my allergy symptoms.

Anyway, I'm awake and caterpillars are invading my life! I was just enjoying my Starbucks and reached for the front page when I noticed something green on it. Yup, I had one of those generic green caterpillars on my morning paper. It looked like ones I've seen in the grass so that's where I dumped it outside.

In sad news, I lost a Black ST cat that had gut purged and everything! And then I lost five Polydamas cats that were all in their final instar. What's up with that? I suspect that virus. Later generations tend to have it tougher since viruses, bacteria, and spores have had all year to reproduce. That's one reason Monarch Watch recommends cutting back your Tropical Milkweed in the winter if you live somewhere that it doesn't freeze. It reduces the population of the OE spores that infect the caterpillars and discourages Monarchs from breeding when they should be migrating. I think it's healthier for the plant, too. We do it a lot at MOSI to get rid of aphids.

As for the question posed as to what I raise my caterpillars in - I use either Gladware containers or Critter Keepers (bought at Petco) covered in cheesecloth. I tend to start eggs in the Gladware containers and then upgrade the caterpillars as they grow. The variety of host plant also determines what I use. Gladware is good for plants that dry out quickly, but Critter Keepers are better if you need good ventilation.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 2, 2015 7:17 AM CST
Here are a few pictures that I took the other day. My digital cameras do not take very good close up pictures. Are these Skippers?
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Jeanne, I can't be sure but looking at the form of your butterflies, they look like Sulphurs. That is, if they are yellow. Not sure on the variety. If they are white, they might be Cabbage Whites like everyone is seeing right now.

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jmorth
Oct 2, 2015 7:36 AM CST
Looking white to me, so I'd say Cabbage Whites.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Oct 2, 2015 7:47 AM CST
I will try to get a better picture next opportunity that I get.
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2015 9:02 AM CST
From looking at the lovely flowers, you will probably see the butterflies and bees again. Smiling

For reference, here's a Sulphur butterfly
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Can't find a cabbage white picture.
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jmorth
Oct 2, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Here's one -
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2015 12:57 PM CST
Bad lighting made it difficult to get pics this morning. Whistling

Red-Banded hairstreak
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Gulf fritillary was moving fast, I almost got a good shot
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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

central Illinois
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jmorth
Oct 2, 2015 3:52 PM CST
Nice Christine, we have neither up here.
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