Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: November 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
Oct 31, 2016 6:16 PM CST
We came from here: The thread "October 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

Since Long-Tailed Skippers have been so popular, I'll keep it going with one I caught basking today.

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I still have a few Zebra Longwings floating around.

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But it's mostly Gulf Fritillaries.

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Oct 31, 2016 7:49 PM CST
All very beautiful Mellie Smiling
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GrammaChar
Oct 31, 2016 8:55 PM CST
That Long-Tailed Skipper makes me drool!!! Drooling
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Oct 31, 2016 9:02 PM CST
GrammaChar said:That Long-Tailed Skipper makes me drool!!! Drooling

Me too! I didn't even know there was such a thing!
AKA Joey.
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jmorth
Oct 31, 2016 11:02 PM CST
One of the last plants to bloom here are the chrysanthemums, mine is named Sheffield. Being one of the few plants blooming yet it kind of acts like a winged garden thing magnet.
Yesterday I came across this moth:
Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/adb0b2 I've never seen it before.
It looks very similar to the Yellow Collared Scape Moth, which I see all the time; but without the white wing tips. I searched some on line but have yet to ascertain the identity.
More pics -

Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/082073 Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/ace4c0 Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/7f2666


Another unknown, this time on a dahlia - Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/4ab0c5 note the red abdomen and fly-like eyes.


Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/440d60 Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/1ca55f < fly on dahlia

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jmorth
Oct 31, 2016 11:04 PM CST
Opps...
at least the fly should have gone over there (bees and guests thread)...
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GrammaChar
Oct 31, 2016 11:22 PM CST
jmorth said:Opps...
at least the fly should have gone over there (bees and guests thread)...


Many of us are guilty of posting in the wrong forum. nodding I think Melanie is used to it by now. Whistling
Great photos!

GrammaChar
central Illinois
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jmorth
Nov 1, 2016 12:33 AM CST
Today's BF and moths -
Webworm moth > Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/802f35


Skipper and Buckeye > Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/802ca5 Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/30efe8


Peck's Skipper and Firey Skipper together in dahlia > Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/069104


Peck's > Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/0f2aa9 Firey > Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/0a5102




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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Nov 1, 2016 6:44 AM CST
Jack, looks like you've got a stray: http://www.butterfliesandmoths...
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jmorth
Nov 1, 2016 9:23 AM CST
Wow now...that's interesting indeed. Thanks Melanie.
Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/ff7a9f

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GrammaChar
Nov 1, 2016 9:53 AM CST
Lone coneflower bloom drew attention yesterday.

This little Sleepy Orange was enjoying a sip....

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when a possible suitor came along. He put on quite a display, which the lady chose to ignore.

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Then a pair of Gulf Frits showed up,

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but the little sulphur held its ground. Guess it never heard the saying that "three's a crowd".
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GrammaChar
Nov 1, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Nine hours without a butterfly post???? Crying

Here's one. I know I said I was going to cut back.....I have no will power.

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GrammaChar
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Nov 1, 2016 10:23 PM CST
Saw a female Monarch here today in NW MO. Nearly 80 degrees. I still have the house doors open! Rolling on the floor laughing
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jmorth
Nov 1, 2016 11:31 PM CST
Lot of Butterflies today -
Sulphur > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/b90ad3


Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/8a85bc < Orange Sulphur alba form > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/991304


Buckeyes -
Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/39a656 Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/4e8843 Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/f91f79


twofers > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/6a2d92


Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/48bff0 Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/5fb389 Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/444742


They were foolin around part of the time, caught one in mid air as he dived on her spot
Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/36258e


Buckeye and Skipper > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/20b971 < w/ a couple of flies


Skipper > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/b97953 < on Rudbeckia


Firey Skipper > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/5ed3ce Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/db12cb


Pearl Crescent > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/f92a9e w/ Skipper > Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/a67585


Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/7e58c8 < 2 Buckeys and 2 Skippers

Yellow Collared Scape Moth -
Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/32c10b Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/2a1057 Thumb of 2016-11-02/jmorth/3559a1

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Nov 2, 2016 2:42 AM CST
Love all the multiple butterfly pictures! They're so hard to get! Glad to see so much action even though fall is upon us. Yes, even in Florida. My cherry tree is losing its leaves so my brother (who parks next to it) should start complaining soon. Rolling my eyes.

I ordered a UV flashlight from Amazon. It's the same one the folks at The Caterpillar Lab use. It should be here later today so maybe I'll get to play with it in the next few days. Today, I have to take Mom to the doctor so they can put a camera down her throat and see what's going on.
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GrammaChar
Nov 2, 2016 6:46 AM CST
For whatever reason, this has been one of the best butterfly seasons ever! Plenty of Queens, Swallowtails, Skippers, Monarchs, and Sulphurs. But the ones that really get me excited are the "first evers". Like this Long-tailed Skipper that I spotted yesterday.

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I apologize for the multiple photos. Aren't you glad I didn't post all 27 of them??? Rolling on the floor laughing
Now I have check-marks next to TWO elusive skippers sighted this summer, including the White-stripe Skipper.

Thumb of 2016-11-02/GrammaChar/06af44

Now if I could just spot a Giant Purple Hairstreak........

GrammaChar
Name: John
Thibodaux, La. (Zone 9a)
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anole
Nov 2, 2016 8:10 AM CST
My cousin sent me this picture of a Sphinx Moth that was visiting his home.

Anole
Thumb of 2016-11-02/anole/b63430

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
Nov 2, 2016 11:28 AM CST
Wow! gorgeous Moth!! Smiling Smiling
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Nov 2, 2016 11:42 AM CST
jmorth said:One of the last plants to bloom here are the chrysanthemums, mine is named Sheffield. Being one of the few plants blooming yet it kind of acts like a winged garden thing magnet.

It looks very similar to the Yellow Collared Scape Moth, which I see all the time; but without the white wing tips. I searched some on line but have yet to ascertain the identity.
More pics -

[/lightbox] Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/7f2666

Hi Jay Smiling Your little lovey thing is a Black-tipped White Moth, click on to see more pics and read some more.
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/20...
Another unknown, this time on a dahlia - Thumb of 2016-11-01/jmorth/4ab0c5 note the red abdomen and fly-like eyes.
This is a Feather-legged Fly--> Go here to see more pics and read more.
http://flatbushgardener.blogsp...


Sorry--- i got excited trying to live yo to the challenge of IDing and just now saw that Mellie already figured out this one!!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Nov 2, 2016 11:48 AM CST
Char- I would LOVE to see all 27 pics! . Not Purple Hairstreak- We gotta collect 'em all! Hilarious!
"My work is loving the world. Here the sunflowers, there the hummingbird — equal seekers of sweetness. Here the clam deep in the speckled sand. Are my boots old? Is my coat torn? Am I no longer young, and still not half-perfect? Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished." — Mary Oliver, from Messenger

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