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Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 27, 2010 2:21 AM CST
Cat, I would think it's probably the Texas Crescent...although I can't remember exactly what they look like at that stage...my memory only gets worse the older I get. I think the only other one I know of that uses the Flame Acanthus is the Crimson Patch.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 27, 2010 9:38 AM CST
I've not seen any Crimson Patches lately - just the Texan Crescent. They don't look like the CP caterpillars - so am hoping to have a new species to raise from my yard - come on TC!!! :o)
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Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 28, 2010 9:08 PM CST
I found this big cat while watering. I've got some kind of wild dill that grows around here and that was what it was on. A couple of smaller cats on the same kind of plants, too. I had seen a dark butterfly flying around lately. Today I saw the BST laying eggs on one of the Italian parsley, which has gotten tall and is blooming.

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 28, 2010 9:12 PM CST
Oh, this was one of the AL chrysallises.

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 28, 2010 9:14 PM CST
And the first AL to emerge was released yesterday.

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 28, 2010 11:38 PM CST
A 4th instar Two-tailed Tiger cat, the largest of the 3 cats from the Hop Tree.

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
Apr 29, 2010 7:24 AM CST
WOOHOO LINDA!!! Awesome!!!
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Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Apr 29, 2010 7:03 PM CST
That one is eating just about nonstop. Even steals food from the other 2 cats. The other two are turning green also.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
Apr 30, 2010 10:55 PM CST
Nice shots Linda. I had some of the black BST cats one year. Didn't see any diff when they emerged though.

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Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 4, 2010 11:35 AM CST
The first one of the TTST cats that were on Hop Tree leaves is pupating now. I took this while it was still moving around. Oh, two of the cats on the black cherry have turned green enough to show eyespots and they look like two-tails also. I'm wondering...are any of those cats on the black cherry leaves TST cats? This seems to be the year of cats on black cherry trees. Not very many on Hop Trees.

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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ApopkaJohn
May 4, 2010 8:00 PM CST
Gulf Fritilary liked to feel the breeze next to the AC unit.

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Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
May 4, 2010 8:47 PM CST
Stopped off at the HEB gas station on my way to work this morning. There is booth for the cashier and six sets of pumps. There were hundreds of Checkered Whites perched all over the pumps, concrete columns, display for oil and injector fluid, the booth and even the cashier!!!

He was outside drying off the booth windows as they were covered with dew. He said I should have been there at 5:45am because there were even more Checkered Whites on the windows.

I guess the night time fluorescent lighting attracted them. Okay, no way I'm going to get on the road that early...but I did get a photo of a couple clinging to one of the concrete barricades when I was there around 7:30 this morning.

~ Cat

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Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
May 4, 2010 10:34 PM CST
Vertical puddling?? LOL!

Nice picture Linda, you need to load that one in the database on DG too.

I have seen a lot more action in the air but having gotten pictures. We saw two red admirals this afternoon and earlier a question mark and lots of whites. I need to get some cabbage plants, I intended to put some out earlier this fall and forgot. I have host plants for almost everything else that comes through or my neighbors do; but keep forgetting the whites. Guess that they have found something nearby though since I do see an abundance nectaring.
Name: kenboy
Big Sandy TX zone 8
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kenboy
May 5, 2010 8:30 PM CST
Anyone from Texas know where I can get a Hop tree? Thanks.
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 5, 2010 8:59 PM CST
Is it possibe you're going to the RU in San Marcos? I have a few little ones.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 9, 2010 7:29 PM CST
This cat really has me wondering. The eyespots of this cat don't look like anything I've seen before. Maybe just a variation or a mutant cat?

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I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Sheila_FW
May 14, 2010 7:30 AM CST
Linda...they do look strange, but then I have never seen them in person.
Hey if you have an extra hop I would love it. I plan on coming to San Marcos ...just to meet you!!
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
May 14, 2010 5:12 PM CST
I'll save a plant for you, Sheila! Glad you're able to come!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Sheila F
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Butterflies Garden Art
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Sheila_FW
May 16, 2010 10:34 PM CST
Me too..... now if Cat would drive up I would get to meet her too!
Name: Cat
Edinburg, TX
in the deep south tip of Texas
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TexasPuddyPrint
May 17, 2010 7:14 AM CST
:o) What, are ya'll afraid to drive down to the southern border?

I really need to take time off from work and go on a road trip!!! I keep saying that every year and when I do take days off I get distracted by all the butterflies out here :o)

Trouble is...Texas is so danged big! It takes me about 11 driving hours whether I go north, west or east to get out of the state!!! Funny when I think of the time it takes me to drive to the ranch I could traverse the state of Rhode Island!!!

One of these days...one of these days...hopefully before I croak!!!
My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

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