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Dec 31, 2021 10:03 PM CST
Thread OP
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Bee Lover Butterflies Garden Photography Cat Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: Massachusetts
Region: Ukraine
Happy new year everyone! Welcome to the 2022 Butterflies, Moths and Larva thread!

Here's a contribution from my very first black swallowtail. I confess, it was taken years ago, but I had to start the new thread with a picture.

Can't wait to see all of yours!

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You don't kick walls down, you pull the nails out and let them fall.
AKA Joey.
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Dec 31, 2021 11:38 PM CST
Name: Ginger
Fountain, Florida (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Plays in the sandbox Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Gulf Coast Tip Photographer The WITWIT Badge
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Plumerias Hummingbirder Dog Lover
Very pretty
Each cloud has a silver lineing if only you look for it.
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Jan 1, 2022 8:38 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Thanks for the new thread Joanna! That is a beautiful swallowtail picture.
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
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Jan 1, 2022 10:33 AM CST
Name: Joyce Schofield
Cocoa Beach Florida (Zone 9b)
Adeniums Garden Art Herbs Hibiscus Houseplants Hydroponics
Irises Master Gardener: Florida Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias
This photo was taken last March. This Monarch had just emerged from its chrysalis.

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"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder."
E.B. White
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Jan 1, 2022 3:24 PM CST
Name: Joyce Schofield
Cocoa Beach Florida (Zone 9b)
Adeniums Garden Art Herbs Hibiscus Houseplants Hydroponics
Irises Master Gardener: Florida Native Plants and Wildflowers Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias
Photo taken last April of Great Southern White (notice blue tipped antennae) on my Gomphrena 'Fireworks '.
I am blessed to live here in Florida where I get to see so many butterflies in my own backyard - Gulf Fritillary, Zebra Longwing (which is our State butterfly), Giant Swallowtail, Red Admiral, Sulphurs, Atala (which was thought to be extinct from 1937 until 1959 but is now making a great comeback).
Wish I had photos of all of them.

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"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder."
E.B. White
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Jan 3, 2022 12:38 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
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Let's hope we have a Bountiful Butterfly Year! Some of my favorite personal pics from 2021
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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa
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Jan 3, 2022 12:43 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Beautiful photos, Lynda! 🧡
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Jan 3, 2022 12:45 PM CST
Thread OP
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Bee Lover Butterflies Garden Photography Cat Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: Massachusetts
Region: Ukraine
gardenfish said:Let's hope we have a Bountiful Butterfly Year! Some of my favorite personal pics from 2021
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Lynda, I second that!

This picture is absolutely stunning. Did you enter it in the photo contest?
You don't kick walls down, you pull the nails out and let them fall.
AKA Joey.
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Jan 3, 2022 12:46 PM CST
Thread OP
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Bee Lover Butterflies Garden Photography Cat Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: Massachusetts
Region: Ukraine
NMoasis said:Beautiful photos, Lynda! 🧡


I'll second that too!
You don't kick walls down, you pull the nails out and let them fall.
AKA Joey.
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Jan 3, 2022 12:49 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
And I will third all of those!
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
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Jan 3, 2022 12:57 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tomato Heads Salvias Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Peppers
Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Morning Glories Master Gardener: Arkansas Lilies Hummingbirder
Unfortunately I was ill and missed the deadline for the photo contest. I won't do that next year! Thank Y'all so much for all the compliments. My overall favorite? A pic of a frog in my drainage ditch. Ive dreamed a long time of taking such a pic as this, and many thanks to the I Pads editing section!
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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa
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Jan 3, 2022 1:11 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Salvias Region: New Mexico Herbs Container Gardener Composter
Cat Lover Butterflies Bookworm Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Ha, me too! I can't use the excuse of illness, and certainly not a busy schedule... I just plain spaced it out :doh:

Next year...
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Jan 3, 2022 1:28 PM CST
Thread OP
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Bee Lover Butterflies Garden Photography Cat Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: Massachusetts
Region: Ukraine
GORGEOUSNESS!!!!!
You don't kick walls down, you pull the nails out and let them fall.
AKA Joey.
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Jan 3, 2022 1:31 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
Bee Lover Salvias Region: New Mexico Herbs Container Gardener Composter
Cat Lover Butterflies Bookworm Birds Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Thanks, Joanna.

Lynda, fantastic frog! Lovey dubby
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Jan 3, 2022 1:49 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
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It is a great frog picture. The only problem is, it is not a frog, it is a baby Prince!!!! Lynda just needed to 💋 him!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

But seriously Lynda, wonderful images! Absolutely beautiful. I have the seemingly upside down skipper in what appears to be a petunia flower as my favorite but they are all very nice!!
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.
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Jan 3, 2022 2:28 PM CST
Thread OP
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Bee Lover Butterflies Garden Photography Cat Lover Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Region: Massachusetts
Region: Ukraine
Even before the kiss, he's a lot more cuter than some of the princes I've known! Hilarious!
You don't kick walls down, you pull the nails out and let them fall.
AKA Joey.
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Jan 4, 2022 8:19 AM CST
Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
Hortensia (Euptoieta hortensia)
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Tuis butterfly visited my garden today
Argentina, Buenos Aires, La Plata city
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Jan 4, 2022 8:52 AM CST
Name: Mac
Still here (Zone 6a)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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That's a beauty Smiling .
Slava Ukraini!

The aboriginal peoples and many cultures throughout the world share a common respect for nature and the universe, and all of the life that it holds. We could learn much from them!
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Jan 4, 2022 2:29 PM CST
Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
Eat more tomatoes!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tomato Heads Salvias Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Peppers
Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Morning Glories Master Gardener: Arkansas Lilies Hummingbirder
Bill, that pic of the upside skipper was actually a flower from my Blackie sweet potato vine! This is the first year I've grown this variety that it bloomed like crazy. I guess I was doing something right! The skippers went totally nuts over the flowers, I had more skippers in my garden this past summer than I've had in all the years I've lived here. They were also very attracted to the bright lights Cosmos I grew, so that gave me lots of wonderful opportunities to take pics of them. Sometimes I would catch them face on where they almost seemed to be very mad at me for taking their pic! BTW, that sweet potato vine produced viable seed, prof of the skippers adoring attention. I hope to grow my own this spring from seed. The seeds are very similar to morning glory seeds, so will probably need to be soaked before planting to insure germination.
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.
Mother Teresa
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Jan 4, 2022 2:50 PM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
If you need to relax, grow plants!!
Bee Lover Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Orchids Region: Michigan Hostas Growing under artificial light
Echinacea Critters Allowed Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: United States of America
Well that's something that I have learned here. Sweet potato vines do flower.
I mean I always suspected that they flowered but I never had one of mine do that. However here, I have seen loads of images of those flowers and they are special plants!
That skipper looks as if he/she is trying to 'merge' with the blossom. Incredible.
Orchid lecturer, teacher and judge. Retired Wildlife Biologist. Supervisor of a nature preserve up until I retired.

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