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Sep 30, 2015 7:08 PM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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We came from here: The thread "September 2015 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

It's October but the butterflies are still flying. Here's a Skipper I saw yesterday.

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More Phaon Crescents released.

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Many more tiny chrysalises waiting to be released.

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Sep 30, 2015 8:15 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Oh that little Phaon Crescent is so cute. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby

Thanks for the new thread Melanie.
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Oct 1, 2015 4:00 AM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
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Pretty skipper and what cute little chrysalises!!
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Oct 1, 2015 8:09 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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That sure is a cute little crescent and their little, bitty chrysalises!!! Lovey dubby

I'm starting to recognize the Spanish needles (with skipper butterfly). I think I need some. Rolling my eyes.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Oct 1, 2015 11:04 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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I think the tomato hornworm will burrow into the ground to pupate. Thumbs up They sure are big eaters!

One of the GS butterfly cats now hanging out on a branch... I can't find the other one, he was small - maybe hiding somewhere (I hope). They don't eat so much. Smiling

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Oct 1, 2015 4:04 PM CST
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Only Whites and Skippers noticed today -


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Oct 1, 2015 5:08 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
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I'm mostly down to Whites and Skippers, too! Just the one male Monarch with the torn wing who still nectars in the yard...
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Oct 1, 2015 5:13 PM CST
Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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Yesterday I saw a Silver spotted skipper , Today I saw one Cabbage white , and that was all , not even grass skippers ,, Cold windy day ,, said not today ,, Sad Sighing!
In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
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Oct 1, 2015 5:37 PM CST
Name: Catmint/Robin
PNW WA half hour south of Olym (Zone 8a)
Region: Pacific Northwest Region: Mid-Atlantic Region: Maryland Butterflies Bee Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers
Echinacea Azaleas Forum moderator Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
We've been in the upper 50s and rainy all day today. Glare When I went out after work to get milkweed and fennel for the cats, I don't think I saw a single pollinator anywhere... Sad
"One of the pleasures of being a gardener comes from the enjoyment you get looking at other people's yards”
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Oct 1, 2015 6:51 PM CST
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
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Saw some Cabbage white moths today and a butterfly that looked sorta like a Monarch, but much smaller. Thats it. And my Huge Tobacco Hornworm cat is gone.

Been very cool - highs 60 or so and lows 40 - 45. (Must bring in plants. Sad )
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Oct 2, 2015 4:16 AM CST
Surprisingly GREEN Pittsburgh (Zone 6a)
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Time for my basement to get crowded as well!
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Oct 2, 2015 4:31 AM CST
Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Critter, I see you managed to follow us into our new monthly thread. See, not hard at all!

I've been mostly unconscious since Tuesday. Even for someone with chronic fatigue, I've somehow outdone myself. Don't know if I'm having a flare-up or if I'm a little sick. My throat has been scratchy and that's not generally one of my allergy symptoms.

Anyway, I'm awake and caterpillars are invading my life! I was just enjoying my Starbucks and reached for the front page when I noticed something green on it. Yup, I had one of those generic green caterpillars on my morning paper. It looked like ones I've seen in the grass so that's where I dumped it outside.

In sad news, I lost a Black ST cat that had gut purged and everything! And then I lost five Polydamas cats that were all in their final instar. What's up with that? I suspect that virus. Later generations tend to have it tougher since viruses, bacteria, and spores have had all year to reproduce. That's one reason Monarch Watch recommends cutting back your Tropical Milkweed in the winter if you live somewhere that it doesn't freeze. It reduces the population of the OE spores that infect the caterpillars and discourages Monarchs from breeding when they should be migrating. I think it's healthier for the plant, too. We do it a lot at MOSI to get rid of aphids.

As for the question posed as to what I raise my caterpillars in - I use either Gladware containers or Critter Keepers (bought at Petco) covered in cheesecloth. I tend to start eggs in the Gladware containers and then upgrade the caterpillars as they grow. The variety of host plant also determines what I use. Gladware is good for plants that dry out quickly, but Critter Keepers are better if you need good ventilation.
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Oct 2, 2015 7:17 AM CST
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Birds Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower
Here are a few pictures that I took the other day. My digital cameras do not take very good close up pictures. Are these Skippers?
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Oct 2, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Jeanne, I can't be sure but looking at the form of your butterflies, they look like Sulphurs. That is, if they are yellow. Not sure on the variety. If they are white, they might be Cabbage Whites like everyone is seeing right now.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Oct 2, 2015 7:36 AM CST
central Illinois
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Looking white to me, so I'd say Cabbage Whites.
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Oct 2, 2015 7:47 AM CST
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Birds Region: United States of America Vegetable Grower
I will try to get a better picture next opportunity that I get.
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Oct 2, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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From looking at the lovely flowers, you will probably see the butterflies and bees again. Smiling

For reference, here's a Sulphur butterfly
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Can't find a cabbage white picture.
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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Oct 2, 2015 10:32 AM CST
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 2
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Here's one -
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Oct 2, 2015 12:57 PM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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Bad lighting made it difficult to get pics this morning. Whistling

Red-Banded hairstreak
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Gulf fritillary was moving fast, I almost got a good shot
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Oct 2, 2015 3:52 PM CST
central Illinois
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Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2017
Nice Christine, we have neither up here.
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