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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 1, 2016 8:11 AM CST

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

And last month was pretty awesome so go catch up if you need to. Things may be winding down for some of you, but that doesn't mean we stop! Just expect more talk, less pictures. Except from the Floridians and Texans! And maybe some of our international friends will have pictures to share. I sure hope so!

I'm super excited because one of my Tiger Swallowtail eggs hatched and my caterpillar has been eating and making frass just like he should. Lovey dubby Here he is eating his egg.

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Oct 1, 2016 10:35 AM CST

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Congrats to @GrammaChar for making the newsletter this week! One of her posts was highlighted as a noteworthy acorn tipped post. Check it out or revisit it here: http://garden.org/thread/view_post/1282806/
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 1, 2016 10:59 AM CST
Congratulations Char! Hurray! Hurray!

Melanie, that little teensy, weensy cat is so cute. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Oct 1, 2016 11:10 AM CST

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I just hope my teensie weensie cat turns into a big fat caterpillar.

And then I want it to become a full grown Tiger Swallowtail like the one I saw this morning! This is a female judging by all that blue, but I didn't find any more eggs - yet!

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Hey, I just noticed my Duskywing has a bit of that rainbow shimmer at the bottom of its wings. Remember, Jack had that really shimmery one?

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And I like Spanish Needles so much, I'm growing them in the gutters! Rolling on the floor laughing

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 1, 2016 11:55 AM CST
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That is one gorgeous TST - she is truly a beauty!

Cool on the shimmer on the Duskywing! I wonder if it has anything to do with time of year?
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Claudia
Oct 1, 2016 12:47 PM CST
Congrats on your cat Melanie! Hurray!
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Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Oct 1, 2016 1:57 PM CST
Today is the best day this year for butterflies in my garden, the temps are mild and I have had lots of Gulf Frits about, also visited by Sulphurs and Skippers but they are too fast for me to take pictures. I was able to stand still and get a good shot of a Gulf Frit just inches away.
Anole

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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
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mellielong
Oct 1, 2016 2:00 PM CST

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Ooh la la, John! Drooling In the second photo, the veins on the upper side of the wing look like glitter is running through them!
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 1, 2016 2:33 PM CST
mellielong said:Ooh la la, John! Drooling In the second photo, the veins on the upper side of the wing look like glitter is running through them!


They sure do! Neato!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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GrammaChar
Oct 1, 2016 5:24 PM CST
It's October! D'Oh! I put my butterfly photos in the September thread this morning! Calendars.... where all the days look the same in my parallel universe.... Whistling

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GrammaChar
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 1, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Very pretty Char!
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jmorth
Oct 1, 2016 10:49 PM CST
Is a woolly worm the same as a caterpillar?
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Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
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mellielong
Oct 2, 2016 1:22 AM CST

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Yes, it can refer to the caterpillar of the Great Leopard Moth. http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Hypercompe-scribo...

But it can also be the caterpillar of the Isabella Tiger Moth or Banded Woolybear: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Pyrrharctia-isabe...

But yours looks most like the Virginian Tiger Moth or Yellow Woolybear Moth: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Spilosoma-virgini...

So if someone tries to predict the weather using one, ask them which species they're using. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 8:03 AM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Oct 2, 2016 1:39 PM CST

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On behalf of @cliftoncat who posted on the bee thread. And it's a proboscis! Hilarious!


cliftoncat said:We've had a lot of red admiral butterflies for the past couple of days (group of butterflies = a kaleidoscope)

Here are some of them, lots of tongues! (Curled up in the 6th pic)

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3 and a bee (carrying something)

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Before you get cross, Melanie, I'm happy to post the same to the butterfly thread but don't know how to copy a post from one thread to another... *Blush* Big Grin


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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Oct 2, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Speaking of proboscis, this butterfly has theirs out on the cement.

I think its a Goatweed Leafwing butterfly

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Or, it might be giving me a raspberry Hilarious!

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Is it just me or is anyone else experiencing slow photo upload? I was going to post more pics but guess I'll wait 'til later. Smiling
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 2, 2016 2:18 PM CST
Really great photos Christine. Love the proboscis. I think that is a Goatwing. Bright butterflies. I haven't tried to upload anything today.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Melanie Long
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Larva tested, Pupa approved!
Butterflies Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Florida
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Forum moderator Plant Identifier
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mellielong
Oct 2, 2016 8:44 PM CST

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Haven't tried uploading photos today, either.

Love that Goatweed Leafwing. They're in my FL book, but I've never seen one. I think I'm too far north? South? I'm not in the right place is all I know. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Oct 2, 2016 9:33 PM CST
Never heard of a Goatweed Leafwing Confused !! We cant be making this stuff up, wait or can we?
Maybe we are in a parallel universe of our own to be finding and appreciating this stuff so much nodding ~Char?
Mellie~ I'm inspired now to plant Wafer Ash and Wild Cherry here as host plants for the Tigers.
Oh- I found another Monarch chrysalis out in the front garden today on the ground knocked to the ground from all the (finally) rain for the last several days, but it looked ok-- nice and green, tied it up with dental floss and it went into the laundry hamper with the remaining 4 chrysalises. My finds today:

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cliftoncat
Oct 3, 2016 4:54 AM CST
Thank you, Melanie - you're an Angel

Brilliant pics, Christine!

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