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

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Name: Kurt
Woodbridge , Va (Zone 7a)
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krobra
May 1, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Welcome , the saga continues :
we came from here - The thread "April 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

yes it is a new month and because our usual commander and chief is on vacation I present to you
The May 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva thread - I released Black Swallowtail female #8 and #9 yesterday
but only got a pic of female #9 - just five more chrysalises left , not sure if they will all hatch but I am keeping my Crossing Fingers!


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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 2, 2017 7:00 AM CST
Beautiful!

Thank you for the new thread, Kurt. Thumbs up I hope Melanie is having a wonderful vacation. Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Jenny
Hampton, VA (Zone 8a)
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BlueRaccoon
May 2, 2017 1:07 PM CST
This little guy was sitting outside our door. I thought he was cute! Lovey dubby I think every creature is though! Hilarious! lol
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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 4, 2017 6:58 AM CST
Proof of life photo from Keukenhof Gardens yesterday.

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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 4, 2017 7:05 AM CST
Beautiful flowers and a smiling Melanie!! Hurray! Thumbs up
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
May 4, 2017 9:05 AM CST
Oh @mellielong! How nice to "meet" you! Are you unfurling your wings to dry in the garden?

Seriously, so nice to see your face!
AKA Joey.
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 4, 2017 10:51 AM CST
I think this is some kind of looper on my dill... I don't like to share with just any ol' caterpillar!

Looper? Can you see it standing up trying to look scary? Although that makes me laugh, it still may have to relocate!! Hilarious!

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
May 4, 2017 1:33 PM CST
Hello Melanie, you and the flowers are beautiful!!! Such a lovely sight Smiling
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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
May 4, 2017 3:55 PM CST
I sent a butterfly to BAMONA for an ID in August and I just got confirmation on it the other day. Hurray!
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Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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ceci
May 5, 2017 9:20 AM CST
mellielong said:Proof of life photo from Keukenhof Gardens yesterday.

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Beautiful flowers and beautiful Melanie !!
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
May 6, 2017 5:21 PM CST
I am worried that Melanie & family's home is in danger. Evacuations in Lutz because of wildfires.
See:
Fire in Pasco's Starkey Preserve prompts voluntary evacuations - Tampa Bay Times
https://apple.news/AJKSwtAXQP1...
@mellielong Let us know please.
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
May 6, 2017 5:56 PM CST
I hope everything is O.K.
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Name: María Cecilia Merlo
La Plata, ARGENTINA
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ceci
May 7, 2017 9:31 AM CST
Some of the "espejitos" caterpillars have began forming themselves into pupas
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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 7, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Don't be worried, folks. Lutz is in two counties - Pasco and Hillsborough. I'm on the Hillsborough side and the fire is up in Pasco. We've also got a wildfire over by Flatwoods Park where I go hiking sometimes. They closed I-75 due to smoke. Mom and I could see the smoke while we were flying in and then when Dad was driving us home along I-275. I should probably stay inside due to asthma, but I do want to do a caterpillar check.

So we made it home just fine yesterday and I've mostly been asleep. I've got some pictures from Keukenhof I want to add to the database so I'll be doing that. I tried on my phone but the connection was so slow. It was a miracle you guys got the one picture of me! @jmorth I did take pictures of as many daffodils as I could and I saw that I took photos of some we don't have pictures for yet. So keep an eye out! I only had two hours at Keukenhof and I could have spent the rest of my life there! Lovey dubby

No butterflies were seen because it was so cold the entire trip. Mom froze. Hilarious! She's always cold but even I liked the heated floors in the bathroom at the Hotel Des Indes in The Hague. Towel warmer, too! I did see some bees in Kinderdijk, but that was about it for insects.

Funny story - I left all my moth pupa for Dad to watch in case they emerged. I come home yesterday evening and there's a moth in there waiting for me! And my brother is all, "We just checked that earlier!" Dad swears they wait for me. Thumbs up I'm not sure which one it was because I put them all in one container so Dad wouldn't have to watch more than one. And it flew off pretty darn quick!
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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crawgarden
May 7, 2017 1:16 PM CST
Melanie, Did you have a chance to go in the Amaryllis house? Wow, surprised you could get out in only 2 hours, it is an incredible place! Glad you had a good time, I could live in AMS with no problem at all.
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jmorth
May 7, 2017 1:37 PM CST
Glad you had a good time in spite of the cool environment. Thank you over and over for the daffodil additions, I'll be sending you some acorns to prove my point. We're glad your back, and safe and sound!
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Name: Abbey
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Garden10
May 7, 2017 1:38 PM CST
Didn't see this until today, welcome back, Mellie! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
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mellielong
May 7, 2017 2:01 PM CST
We only had two hours until we had to get back on the bus. Crying I wanted to stay forever. You're most welcome, Jack!
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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frostweed
May 13, 2017 6:25 AM CST
Melanie, I heard that you gave up being the Moderator for this forum, you can't do that girl, we miss you. Confused
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 13, 2017 7:17 AM CST
What? No mellielong , say it isn't so! Sorry to hear that. Hope you are feeling okay. Group hug
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

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