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Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Oct 12, 2016 9:50 AM CST
The birds have been enjoying a buffet in myyard the last few days. In addition to the seed I put out they have been eating the berries on the holly (american and youpon) american beauty berry, wild persimmon, cedar and juniper...also magnolia seeds. Saw a pileated woodpecker this morning when I walked out to get the paper. They are such awsome looking birds! I always know when they come for a visit by their call...hard to miss Hilarious! Lovey dubby The bees and butterflies have also been busy on the flowers blooming...the narrow leaf sunflowers were covered this morning and all day yesterday Hurray!
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Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Nov 7, 2016 9:40 AM CST
Fabulous!

I thought this might be about artificial food... I had 3 black swallowtail cats that pupated, and i thought they would probably overwinter as chrysalises. However, 1 eclosed 2 days ago... and although we're still having unseasonably warm weather, there's just no way there's enough time for eggs, cats, and overwintering chrysalises, even if s/he could find a mate (will have to look up how to tell sex).

So we're not releasing this one but keeping it as a "pet," putting in the last of the season's garlic chive blooms (a favorite) and "keeping her comfortable." I just made her some nectar (in a little container with a sponge). I feel guilty ("butterflies should be free!" is jangling in my head) until I see how much fun Joyanna and her friends are having with an up-close look at such a little beauty.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Nov 7, 2016 9:41 AM CST
I should add tha tafter a little research, I settled on a simple recipe for the nectar -- heaping spoonful of honey in 3-4 oz of water with a drop of soy sauce.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
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gingin
Nov 11, 2016 1:27 PM CST
soy sauce??? that's interesting
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Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
Nov 13, 2016 3:57 PM CST

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Name: Critter (Jill)
MD (Zone 6b)
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critterologist
Dec 4, 2016 5:36 PM CST
late in getting back to this thread, I know, but I wanted to explain that the soy sauce is supposed to add just a touch of the salt that butterflies love and need... and it's probably easier to measure a "dose" of salt by adding a drop of soy than by counting out 5 grains of table salt. Maybe there's something else in the soy that's good for them, too, I don't know, but I saw soy sauce mentioned on a number of butterfly sites.
I'm learning to dance in the rain. Thank you, Sally & Chris.

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