Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: March 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
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mellielong
Mar 1, 2017 7:12 AM CST
We came from here: The thread "February 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

Spring should be coming soon! Crossing Fingers! It's come a little too soon down here in Florida where we're running about 10 degrees above normal. My asthma is really bad and I've been using my nebulizer several times per day, along with my Symbicort and albuterol inhaler.

Therefore, we get to look at my moth pupa this month! I'm avoiding the outdoors right now (you should see the oak pollen), and besides, we don't honor the pupa form enough. And since this is kind of an in-between time of year where the moths and butterflies will be emerging soon, it does seem rather appropriate. This is Pinky, my Mottled Prominent. Last time you saw him, he was pupating and had turned green. After he dried, he turned brown. And yes, if I handle the pupa, it will move and roll around which is cool but also a little creepy. Good to know he's alive in there!

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Mar 1, 2017 7:52 AM CST
Very nice Mellie, I hope you will be better soon Smiling
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 1, 2017 9:25 AM CST
That would be a little creepy to have the pupa rolling around in the hand. I'll take your word for it Melanie. LOL
Feel better soon. Smiling

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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
Mar 1, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Well, I'm breathing better so I worked out on my stationary bike in hopes those endorphins would make me feel better. My rheumatologist told me to. Thumbs up

I think a lot of people don't realize that pupa (moth or butterfly) can move. They often have a "hinge" that allows them to wiggle back and forth. It's one way to scare off predators or physically dislodge them. Some will move even when you don't touch them, like Gulf Fritillary (aka Espejito) chrysalises. They will swing back and forth. I've heard some people say they move according to the sun, but I don't know if that's really true.
Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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ceci
Mar 1, 2017 10:59 AM CST
mariposa pavo real (Junonia genoveva hilaris - Southern Buckeye_) in my garden
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Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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ceci
Mar 1, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Another picture of the same butterfly
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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
Mar 2, 2017 6:52 PM CST
Hey Texas folks, and everyone else. Isn't Gregg's mistflower one that you guys grow? Or is that another mistflower? Anyway, if anyone has advice for this grower, please answer: The thread "Greggs' Mistflower - Conoclinium greggii - grow in big pot?" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
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DavidLMO
Mar 2, 2017 11:07 PM CST
What is Bleeding Heart Vine?

I will be growing Gregg's mistflower for the first time this season - TX friend sent me some seed. Thumbs up
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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
Mar 3, 2017 4:22 AM CST
This is the most common plant called "Bleeding Heart". Bleeding Hearts (Dicentra)

This is the one I grow. Completely different plant. Bleeding Heart Vine (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 3, 2017 8:29 AM CST
My butterfly capture from yesterday. Smiling
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 3, 2017 8:40 AM CST
Look what I found this morning. The crazy warm weather has given us some early surprises. This Asclepias curassavaca never died down over the winter - probably because we never had winter this year. Shrug!
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 3, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Wow, very nice! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Mar 3, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Thank You!
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Betsy
Texas (Zone 9a)
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piksihk
Mar 3, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Found it while I was watering the plants, never seen one before. What eyes it has!

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What's it called?
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 3, 2017 3:33 PM CST
Oh pretty moth! Lovey dubby I think it's a Polyphemus.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Mar 3, 2017 4:04 PM CST
I raised a bunch of those once, and boy can they eat. It was a lot of fun. Smiling
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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
Mar 3, 2017 5:42 PM CST
Yup, Polyphemus moth. Polyphemus, of course, was the cyclops and son of Poseidon and appears in "The Odyssey".
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
Mar 4, 2017 8:23 AM CST
Yesterday's sighting ~ I think its an American Snout.

Being the only butterfly in sight, I took lots of pictures Hilarious! and this is just a few of them.
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May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover
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frostweed
Mar 4, 2017 12:34 PM CST
Yes, it is a Snout butterfly, they are so cute!! Smiling
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Mar 4, 2017 1:19 PM CST
piksihk said:Found it while I was watering the plants, never seen one before. What eyes it has!

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What's it called?

I don't know but the second one really looks like my dad! Rolling on the floor laughing
AKA Joey.

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