Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: January 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva

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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
Dec 31, 2016 3:28 PM CST
We came from here: The thread "December 2016 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

I can't be the only who's happy this year is over. Let's hope 2017 is a peaceful year that brings us many happy returns to our gardens. Maybe you'll see a new species this year. Maybe you'll plant some new host plants to attract new species. Maybe you'll try raising caterpillars for the first time. Whatever you do, we're here to talk about it!

I know it's a slow time right now, but we're always happy to help you with planning your butterfly garden. So as those catalogs come rolling in, feel free to discuss what you plan to add or just ask us what plants "really" work to bring in the butterflies.

It's extra warm here in Florida which is bumming me out. Even Floridians need a break and this is supposed to be our time of year to enjoy the weather! It has been good for the butterflies, though. Here's a Skipper (I think Fiery Skipper) on my Dune Sunflower.

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Still plenty of Long-Tailed Skippers at the Long household. Hilarious! Some of that may be due to my lack of weeding. I found Desmodium (a host plant of theirs) growing in some new places. And how pretty is the one basking on Mom's bougainvillea (it's hers because she picked out that color)?

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The New Year is often depicted as a baby, so let's look at some baby butterflies! (We also call them caterpillars.) Rolling on the floor laughing Since I had the LASIK, I kind of wanted to test myself to see if I could still find them. Caterpillars better watch out because Melanie sees all!!! I found four Sulphur cats which is good because the last of the four Sulphur cats I have in my room made its sling yesterday. So it was time for a new crop. Hilarious! Sorry the second one is blurry (but notice the egg on the tip of the leaf). I miss my camera!

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Saw a Sulphur flying around the backyard and I thought it was a Barred Sulphur, but on closer look, it was a Dainty Sulphur! Those two black dots, and the different shape are a big giveaway.

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A lady from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program runs a Facebook page called "Be Floridian". They encourage things like planting native and using less fertilizer. She got into butterfly gardening pretty recently and was posting the other day about how this warm weather was causing her to see all these Gulf Fritillaries. I mentioned how I was seeing a lot of Zebra Longwings, which is more unusual. Gulf Frits are always here. I saw both today, but the Zebra was being a jerk and wouldn't pose. Thumbs down The Gulf Frit was more accommodating.

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
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joannakat
Dec 31, 2016 9:45 PM CST
I did, I did, and I will! Planted purple aster and milkweed, and will plant more milkweed in the spring. Right now, I seem to have planted snow as that's what I have throughout my garden!

What a great way to begin the new year, such beautiful pictures! Happy and wonderful 2017 to us all! Hurray!
AKA Joey.
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
Jan 1, 2017 12:43 PM CST
The Zebra Longwings are being slightly more cooperative today. Hilarious!

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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
Jan 2, 2017 6:25 PM CST
Made a run to Walgreens today and when I came back, I had a special visitor on the Jatropha. A male Tiger Swallowtail! Blinking It's still January, right? Not that you can tell by the weather. My neighbors got to hear me yelling things like, "There's your proof of global warming!" Rolling on the floor laughing I'm happy enough to see a Tiger Swallowtail in August, but January? Bonkers!

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Just keep clicking the button on the camera, folks. Sometimes, you end up with some cool pics!

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Someone got a bite out of this Zebra Longwing, but it got away!

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies
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wildflowers
Jan 2, 2017 6:59 PM CST
Beautiful! Lovey dubby
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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
Jan 2, 2017 9:00 PM CST
My camera status has been changed to "completed"! Woo hoo!
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!
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
Jan 3, 2017 1:19 PM CST
No global warming here Melanie, Glare -14 F overnight, all the way up to 0 F now, we have lots of snow.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies
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wildflowers
Jan 3, 2017 4:25 PM CST
What a lovely scene in your avatar, Margaret. Lovey dubby
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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
Jan 3, 2017 4:57 PM CST
Thank you Christine, I tip my hat to you. that was taken from my living room window. Big Grin
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
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joannakat
Jan 3, 2017 10:37 PM CST
mcash70 said:Thank you Christine, I tip my hat to you. that was taken from my living room window. Big Grin


Seriously @mcash70? It looks so perfect that it's unreal. Really beautiful!


AKA Joey.
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
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joannakat
Jan 3, 2017 10:45 PM CST
mcash70 said:No global warming here Melanie, Glare -14 F overnight, all the way up to 0 F now, we have lots of snow.


Instead of Global Warming many people are now saying Climate Change because of the cold the warming is causing, which in turn causes a lot of people to say there's no global warming. As the ice caps melt, the very cold air they emit is blown around the world causing cold and extreme weather in lots of places.

I'm very lucky and glad that I was able to go to Alaska and see glaciers some decades ago. They're melting away and already it's just not the same.
AKA Joey.
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
Jan 3, 2017 11:45 PM CST
Joanna, here is another shot from my window, it was snowing, snowed all day, we got about 9 inches.

Jan 1st, 2017
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Hope you don't mind Melanie, I don't have any butterflies but I have lots of deer photos. Rolling on the floor laughing

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
Jan 4, 2017 9:27 AM CST
When I saw "An Inconvenient Truth", I did notice that Florida was supposed to get cooler and wetter. I remember thinking about that. Of course, we're all going to be underwater so we won't enjoy the weather.

Speaking of weather, it rained last night! Hurray! Sounded like a lot. And in other good news, my camera arrived! Hurray! Well, sort of.

I started unpacking the box and realized my camera looked different. Mom was standing there asking, "Did they send the wrong camera?" which really wasn't helping. But I read the papers that came with in the box and apparently I used my camera so hard (it didn't say that) they had to send me a replacement! It's the exact same model, but the reason it looks different is mine was all black and this is the silver and black edition. I believe it was sold out on Amazon when I bought mine so I'm actually rather pleased. It has a cool, retro look to it. Then, I had to go remember what I did with the batteries and the cable that charges it and transfers pictures! I found them, charged up the batteries, and now I need to go see how well this thing works!
Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
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joannakat
Jan 4, 2017 11:19 AM CST
@mellielong, you don't want to show us a picture of your camera? Or would that be like a picture of someone taking a picture? Or a picture of a picture?

Congratulations, that's a great way to start the year! New vision, and a new instrument to help you capture your visions. Yaay! Hurray!
AKA Joey.
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
Jan 4, 2017 12:30 PM CST
I feel like if I took a picture of a camera, I might tear a hole in the time-space continuum. So here's the link to the Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RBG6GBS/

And I did practice getting a few butterfly shots. I'm going to have to adapt back to using my camera. I think I might have to adjust some settings, too.

See how close I can zoom in? Long-Tailed Skipper on Porterweed.

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Zebra Longwing pollinating the Jatropha.

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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
Life & gardens: make them beautiful
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Vermiculture
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joannakat
Jan 4, 2017 12:53 PM CST
mellielong said:I feel like if I took a picture of a camera, I might tear a hole in the time-space continuum. So here's the link to the Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RBG6GBS/



Rolling on the floor laughing
AKA Joey.
central Illinois
Charter ATP Member Plant Database Moderator 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 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Avid Green Pages Reviewer Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Photo Contest Winner: 2017
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jmorth
Jan 4, 2017 1:17 PM CST
"might tear a hole in the time-space continuum"...thread softly!
Nothing that's been done can ever be changed.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Moon Gardener Herbs Seed Starter Tomato Heads Vegetable Grower Organic Gardener
Native Plants and Wildflowers Canning and food preservation Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Birds Dragonflies
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wildflowers
Jan 4, 2017 2:18 PM CST
Melanie, I'll trade you. My hubby ordered me the silver faced one and they sent me the all black. It wasn't worth sending back for the few dollars difference. Just kidding about trading of course. Hilarious!

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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
Jan 4, 2017 3:20 PM CST
I went back out to take some more pictures so here you go!

Where do we look for Sulphur cats this time of year? You better be saying, "Near the flowers or buds or blooms." Hilarious!

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Then, to my complete surprise, I saw a female Pipevine Swallowtail in the backyard! This warm weather is getting everyone confused. My Spicebushes are starting to leaf out, too!

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Dorantes Skipper. Notice it doesn't have the bluish color on top like the Long-Tailed Skipper.

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Gulf Fritillary

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I have several bagworms (actually caterpillars) on the well. This one was the biggest.

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In plants that are actually on time, the Pellitory is popping up again. It's my host plant for Red Admirals.

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Name: MarĂ­a Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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ceci
Jan 5, 2017 9:17 AM CST
Today:
"Monarca"
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And "espejito", with a broken wing

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