Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: July 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 30, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Well maybe these pipevine eggs will make it since you found them so soon after she laid them. I can hope anyway.
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Name: greene
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greene
Jul 30, 2015 4:30 PM CST
They attach themselves to the side of the tank? No sticks or branches needed? I'm learning new stuff everyday here!

The one remaining cat on the Rue was there this morning. There were plenty of leaves on the Rue. I checked at 3 pm and all the leaves are gone...so is the cat. I don't know where he wandered off to, or if he got attacked by something. I'll keep looking around.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 30, 2015 4:31 PM CST
Greene, maybe he's in his wandering phase.
A nation mourns its fallen soldiers, who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. And Junior? Well, Junior spies their solemn white graves from the back of his limousine, and he grieves for the inconveniences he overcame for his silver spoons. Quoth the Craven “Nevermore.” ~Walter Shaub~
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 30, 2015 5:14 PM CST
I have to amend my message slightly. After getting the eggs inside and showing them to Mom under a light, I think they were laid a few days ago. They are much darker than they should be, probably because the caterpillars are already forming in there. I can see the chewy nougat center. But it could still have been the same female. I'm hoping by removing the eggs she will lay more. That "may" have been why she didn't lay any today. Books will tell you that a butterfly will not lay eggs on a plant that already has eggs or caterpillars on it. That's mostly true, but I've seen enough of them do it to know better. And not just in captivity where they have no choice. Polydamas don't care. They'll lay everywhere and anywhere, as long as it's pipevine.

Greene, I hope your caterpillar has wandered off to become a chrysalis. And I'm also glad you brought up a good point I'd never thought to talk about. Yes, caterpillars will build chrysalises in crazy places, no sticks or plant material needed. In captivity, that means they silk up the side of the tank and just make their silk girdle right there. Monarchs seem to prefer going all the way to the top to hang from the cheesecloth I use. Outside, I have found chrysalises on the stucco and once on the plastic hose hanger thingie. If they can silk themselves to it, it will work. Now, I am going to put some sticks in there for them to emerge on. The Tiger ST up high is fine because he can either dangle from the chrysalis or climb up to the cheesecloth to hang and let the wings expand. The reason I was puzzled about the other building so low was because when he comes out, he won't be able to hang from his chrysalis without hitting the bottom of the tank. Butterflies aren't very good at climbing plastic unless there's a lot of silk there. So I'll put some sticks in for when they eclose.

And I forgot to mention that while searching the pipevine I found a paper wasp nest on the fence pillar. I took off my platform sandal and squished the you know what out of it. I'm not letting wasps near my caterpillars! Also, one stung me years ago and that was a declaration of war. That wound will never be forgotten.
Name: Kim
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Chillybean
Jul 30, 2015 6:39 PM CST
We had an amazing sight on our Swamp Milkweed today...

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I think there are five species of insects on there, but the only ones I recognize are the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail... (my first photo of one in our yard) and the Monarch caterpillar. I had no idea that was there, I just saw the butterfly when I took the photos. I am so happy the flowers are starting to show a lot of activity. It was boring up until a week or so ago, mainly flies with only a handful of bees.

Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 30, 2015 7:55 PM CST
Nice photo Kim!
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Claudia
Jul 30, 2015 8:55 PM CST
Wow...... super photo @Chillybean!!

I was out working in the yard and saw a frit on the Echinacea but not sure which kind.
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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Jul 31, 2015 8:50 AM CST
Thank you so much for the compliments. I need bright sun to get photos worth anything. I did have the fits with this one because the wind picked up. I have a nice photo of that wasp landed, but the butterfly blew out of the picture. :)
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Jul 31, 2015 5:05 PM CST
I have declared it August! So go here to continue the butterfly fun! The thread "August 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

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