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Name: Christine
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Jun 1, 2017 12:07 PM CST
Here's our new butterfly thread for June. Smiling

We came from here: The thread "May 2017 Butterflies, Moths & Larva" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum

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Name: Christine
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Jun 1, 2017 12:12 PM CST
Butterflies do love zinnias! Big Grin

The rockrose is always a big hit with the skippers.

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A hairstreak butterfly on Vitex.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Jun 1, 2017 12:49 PM CST
Repost from the May thread:

I just saw what looked like a moth or a giant bee, sort of, but acted like a hummingbird! So I searched for "hummingbird moth" and there it is! Couldn't get a picture because it wouldn't stay still for me.
http://www.massaudubon.org/lea...

Sometimes, you can just feel blessed to see something beautiful like this. Lovey dubby
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Name: Christine
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Jun 1, 2017 1:08 PM CST
They are beautiful and amazing to see! I agree

Not too long ago I saw this caterpillar on the leaves of Virginia Creeper and was thinking it would probably become a beautiful hummingbird moth.

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Jun 1, 2017 1:10 PM CST
But I think it probably became this moth... Shrug!
http://bugguide.net/node/view/...
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 1, 2017 7:50 PM CST
I was so happy today to see a black swallowtail butterfly in the veg garden, visiting some of the small volunteer dill plants -- maybe laying eggs? Quite a few years ago we had a good population of the swallowtails and their cats -- that's when I started letting dill go pretty crazy in the garden; for the past few years, it's been a rare sighting (I think since the bad winter of 2013-2014). Last year I did find a couple of the caterpillars, so I hope this is signaling a comeback! Smiling
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 2, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Good Lord! The front yard is abuzz with Pipevine butterflies but they are flying around like a bunch of schizophrenics and will not stay in one place long enough for a photo....YET. I'll get them eventually. My pipevine was covered with cats so I believe this bunch to be part of that group.
Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Jun 2, 2017 3:04 PM CST
Christine,
Here's a pic of the moth I had last summer:





wildflowers said:They are beautiful and amazing to see! I agree

Not too long ago I saw this caterpillar on the leaves of Virginia Creeper and was thinking it would probably become a beautiful hummingbird moth.

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Name: Christine
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Jun 2, 2017 3:24 PM CST
Wow, Cheryl, its a very pretty moth. Green Grin!
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 2, 2017 5:11 PM CST
A lousy photo but I finally got at least something. Pipe Vine Swallowtail.
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Name: Christine
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Jun 2, 2017 5:26 PM CST
I think it's a very pretty picture!! Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 2, 2017 6:51 PM CST
Thanks @wildflowers Christine. It's just not sharp enough to show how gorgeous this butterfly is. He was also not cooperating in letting me get a shot and that incredible iridescent blue. I'll get him tomorrow I hope.
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joannakat
Jun 2, 2017 7:49 PM CST
so, butterflies are attracted to dill weed?
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Name: Kurt
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krobra
Jun 2, 2017 8:25 PM CST
Black Swallowtail butterfly caterpillars eat dill , fennel and pretty much any member of the parsley / carrot family of plants.

and speaking of BST butterflies after a month of inactivity I released BST female #10 today , still 3 chrysalises left.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Jun 2, 2017 9:22 PM CST
@krobra, Thank You! !

Guess what I'm planting tomorrow?
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Name: Jim D
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jimard8
Jun 3, 2017 2:20 PM CST
Like the last two I posted on the May thread
painted Lady on Knapweed , likes the Thistle like blooms One Morning there was two or three of them
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Still not sure if these are an Azure or a Blue
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Seeing Skippers and a few

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Name: Kurt
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krobra
Jun 3, 2017 3:51 PM CST
pretty sure it is a Azure Jim ,

http://pwconserve.org/graphics...

http://pwconserve.org/wildlife...
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Name: Jim D
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jimard8
Jun 3, 2017 4:03 PM CST
Kurt Yep looks like it Smiling is
They like feeding on the Chinese privet . always several , even if the Daisy is where they sit
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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Jun 3, 2017 6:18 PM CST
The nervous Pipe Vine. They are already laying eggs on the pipe vine again.
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Name: Dave
Dayton, TN (Zone 7a)
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TennesseeDave
Jun 4, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Visitor to the porch late last night. After a bit of research I believe it to be a Rustic Sphinx Moth (Manduca rustica). This is a very large moth.
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