Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: September 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva

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Name: Melanie Long
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Aug 31, 2016 9:51 PM CST

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We came from here: The thread "August 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

It's raining here so no butterflies. But Elaine raising her Giant Swallowtail reminded me of one of my favorite pictures. So I thought I'd use it as this month's thumbnail. I took this at MOSI and was trying to show off the distinctive red osmeterium. Plus, it makes me laugh.

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Love those pics, Christine!

Ann, keep track of those little guys! You know they lay silk as they walk so that's part of what you're feeling. And when you pull them off, you're pulling the silk. I like squishy caterpillars. But I could see how it might be weird if you're used to the bulkier hornworms.
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jmorth
Sep 1, 2016 12:35 AM CST
Dew Drop Inn's latest pics:

Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/80c50d < Cabbage White > Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/af281d


Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/908d88 < Silver Spotted Skipper > Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/bac137 Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/91b9ce


Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/e7ad8c < Buckeye > Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/04d168


Sooty Wing Skipper > Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/3ce714


Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/61259c < Peck's Skipper > Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/04daf6


European Skipper > Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/013cd8 (I think)


At dusk, back yard - Hummingbird Moth in the 4 o'clocks
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Night moth - Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/1d4c8b


Multiple BF - Thumb of 2016-09-01/jmorth/8fd888

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Name: Jessie Worsham
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Jessie6162
Sep 1, 2016 6:52 AM CST
Great pics as always, jmorth. The Dew Drop Inn! Rolling on the floor laughing Love it. Note to self, I need this plant!
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luvsgrtdanes
Sep 1, 2016 7:06 AM CST
J Awesome shots I tip my hat to you. I love the buckeyes Lovey dubby
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 1, 2016 7:31 AM CST
I agree Dew Drop Inn is perfect!

I also agree on needing some Duranta! It's a beautiful pollinator magnet... and some pentas, like Mellie has. Smiling
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Sep 1, 2016 8:55 AM CST
thanks for the new thread!
I dashed out before work yesterday to get one milkweed leaf for my cats, only to find 13 eggs to collect. The plant they were on is always patrolled by little ants, and I feared certain death. Will ants eat monarch eggs?
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Sep 1, 2016 10:53 AM CST

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Jack gets an acorn for all those beautiful photos on this dreary day here in FL. Hurray!

Lots of things will eat Monarch eggs and I'm pretty sure ants are one of those things. Ants can have some complicated relationships with plants and caterpillars, though. There's a type of Blue caterpillar that secretes honeydew and the ants take care of the caterpillars! I saw it on a nature show and it was bonkers!

FYI, fall has officially arrived because Starbucks has pumpkin spice. Just letting you guys know. Hilarious!
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Name: josephine
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frostweed
Sep 1, 2016 11:15 AM CST
I have seen ants eat butterfly eggs. I was out gardening in my yard one day and I saw a giant swallowtail lay three eggs on a potted lemon tree. I was in the middle of a chore and told myself that i would take the eggs when I finished, but when I went to get the eggs about an hour later, big ants had already sucked them dry. I know that because they were still on them.
So I learned my lesson, if you want to save an egg or a cat don't leave then where you saw them, take them right away Angry
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Name: Jim D
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jimard8
Sep 1, 2016 1:05 PM CST
Siver Spotted Skipper
Thumb of 2016-09-01/jimard8/f9f91a

Buckeye
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Name: Elaine
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Sep 1, 2016 1:29 PM CST
Lovely, the buckeyes are really gorgeous. Melanie thanks for the picture of the swallowtail with his stinkhorns extended! Now I don't feel like i need to harass my poor little lonely cat to show me his. He's getting big now, nearly half an inch longer than he was when he came in. Eating and pooping well. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 1, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Lots of beautiful pics today. Thumbs up

Perfect pic of the silver spotted skipper, Jim! Smiling
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Sep 1, 2016 1:45 PM CST
Hi all! Big Grin
I haven't taken many photos this summer. I've just been lurking and loving all of the photos that you guys post! Lovey dubby

However, an interesting dark morph female Tiger Swallowtail made me run in for the camera. Her left wings didn't totally get the message that she was to be dark morph. She really didn't want to be photographed and was noticeably annoyed before she flew away. Oddly, the dark morph females in my yard seem more annoyed at being photographed than their yellow counterparts of either sex. Shrug! Has anyone else noticed that?


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I also snapped a pic of a male while I had the camera out. Smiling

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Name: Christine
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Sep 1, 2016 1:47 PM CST
Gorgeous, Danita! Lovey dubby
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Jessie6162
Sep 1, 2016 3:00 PM CST
That is quite a catch Danita! I am fascinated by those partially dark morphs.

jmorth, thank you for the acorns by the way. That's what I chose for my raffle prize! Thank You!
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Hemlady
Sep 1, 2016 4:44 PM CST
I also caught a yellow swallowtail on the butterfly bush.


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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 1, 2016 5:14 PM CST
Hurray! Hurray!

I didn't see the magnificent swallowtail today but I saw some skippers. nodding Smiling

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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Sep 1, 2016 5:17 PM CST
Very nice shots Christine!
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Name: Christine
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Sep 1, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Take care in Florida, Ann and all those in the path of the hurricane. Group hug
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Sep 1, 2016 5:18 PM CST
Thank you, Ronnie. Rolling my eyes.
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jmorth
Sep 1, 2016 6:24 PM CST
My first round today, lunch at the Dew Drop Inn -

Buckeye - Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/8fb132 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/2b4085 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/d367d6


Cabbage White - Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/8df9fe


Skipper - Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/2a4114 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/c9423d


Silver Spotted Skipper - Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/9eed86 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/3d5be7 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/b197aa


Multiple BF kinds - Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/bcd595 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/e863b3 Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/7b8366


4 BF in 1 frame - Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/e67a7e


Elsewhere about the yard...
Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/0ea4a8 < Hairstreak > Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/7dd2f6


Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/cdfb45 < Monarch > Thumb of 2016-09-02/jmorth/4177f3

There was a Black Swallowtail out there too, unfortunately, no pic.




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