Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Dragonflies, Damselflies, Mayflies - May & June 2014

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 26, 2014 5:19 PM CST
We had storms last night & this morning it seemed as if the dragonflies were all picking a place to dry their wings out. Every one I saw had it's wings pitched forward like this.

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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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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 18, 2014 12:21 PM CST
I just ran across this & thought it was interesting. I never really knew how long dragonflies spend being nymphs.
http://citizenscientistsleague...
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: Lisa
Roswell, GA (Zone 7a)
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tropicgirl
Oct 22, 2014 7:19 AM CST
What kind of catipillar is this? He'said munching on my plants. Confused



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Thanks!!

Tropicgirl
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 8:12 AM CST
That's a saddleback! NO TOUCHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/crea...

If you touch it, you will feel fire & pain like lightning, I know as I raked the underside of my arm across one that was on the underside of a leaf. I got it from my armpit almost to my wrist. Use ammonia topically -- it destroys the protein in the poison. Take a Tylenol or Advil or whatever and a Benadryl or other antihistamine.
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: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 8:20 AM CST
Also, use tape --- packaging, masking or what have you to pull any "hairs or spines or pieces of spines" out of your skin. You can't see them. You just press the tape on & then pull it off until you're sure you've covered the entire area.
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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Oct 22, 2014 9:17 AM CST
Wow, Ann, those are nasty little buggers! Thumbs down Good link on them. Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 10:17 AM CST
YVW Margaret. They are nasty little buggers for sure! And they *are* small but the pain isn't small when you have a run in with one. It was instantaneous and wicked! I did think to look to try & find what was causing this & began looking at the undersides of leaves. I had originally been reaching back through some bushes so I knew I got it there. Thank goodness for the markings on them that allowed me to find the culprit rather quickly. I ran into the house & grabbed the bottle of ammonia, ran back outside & just poured it down my arm --- several times. I did the tape thing, took an Advil & a Benadryl & I was fine but the venom was awful & my arm immediately had red streaks where I had gotten hit by the critter.
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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Oct 22, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Ann, that sounds awful, I'm glad we don't have those around here.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 1:21 PM CST
If I hadn't known about the ammonia trick I'm positive it would have been much, much worse. As it was, about 4 hours later it was just a memory. But there is no way any calamine lotion or Benadryl gel or hydrocortisone cream would have given much relief if any.

I was reading on that link I posted about their host plants..... virtually everything I have here. Hilarious!
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: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
Morning Glories Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants Butterflies Garden Photography
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mcash70
Oct 22, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Boy, you better be very careful working around those plants. Blinking
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 4:49 PM CST
Hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger right? Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I always keep the ammonia jug nearby when working around those things anyway.
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: Lisa
Roswell, GA (Zone 7a)
Seller of Garden Stuff Foliage Fan Plumerias Plant and/or Seed Trader Orchids Hummingbirder
Dragonflies Hibiscus Tropicals Garden Ideas: Level 1
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tropicgirl
Oct 22, 2014 7:58 PM CST
Thanks so much Ann!! Thank You! I stumped him between a banana leaf. Rolling on the floor laughing I'll have to get some ammonia just in case!!
Thanks!!

Tropicgirl
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 22, 2014 8:24 PM CST
YVW Lisa. I usually live & let live but not saddlebacks. They are one of my very few exceptions.
Windex will do in a pinch as it has ammonia in it. Also vinegar can be used. I've used them all & found ammonia does the best job fastest but you do want to make sure you have good ventilation or you'll darn near asphyxiate yourself.
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: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Oct 27, 2014 3:30 AM CST
That was interesting reading. Wow deadly. Glad I live in Australia.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
My rulers
Region: Australia Annuals Canning and food preservation Herbs Tropicals Foliage Fan
Plays in the sandbox Cactus and Succulents Garden Photography Hybridizer Composter Sedums
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Gleni
Oct 27, 2014 3:51 AM CST
Loved the dragonfly article. Makes one think that the dragonfly is its old age and the larval stage is its youth and the more important. That is, maturity = death.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 27, 2014 5:31 AM CST
How true Glen.
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: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Oct 27, 2014 5:42 AM CST
Normally, I can't get near one of these with a camera. This one apparently flew through a spider web and the thread caught his wing and a couple of his legs limiting his ability to fly. I took a twig and freed him after the photo.
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Donald
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages 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 Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Oct 27, 2014 11:09 AM CST
A nice pretty blue one! Hurray!
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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