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jmorth
Aug 1, 2017 10:48 PM CST
Swallowtail and Silver Spotted Skipper
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Name: Cheryl
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nativeplantlover
Aug 2, 2017 6:35 AM CST
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Three Monachs eclosed this morning all at once! They're all females. Hurray!
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Angel Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
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TennesseeDave
Aug 2, 2017 10:26 AM CST
Spicebush ST and Gulf fritillary
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Aug 2, 2017 10:31 AM CST
Swallowtails are so photogenic, can't get enough of 'em.

I wonder where, why they got that name?
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 2, 2017 10:48 AM CST
I'm not sure about the name swallowtail butterfly but I always figured it was because they have a tail like the bird named Swallow.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Aug 2, 2017 11:25 AM CST
OH EM GEE! I never thought I'd be able to capture this, but here it is.

Hummingbird moth busy in the petunias. Stills in a separate post.

https://youtu.be/Dx0qK81UPIQ
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joannakat
Aug 2, 2017 11:31 AM CST
Here are the stills. Sorry I couldn't get one of its face but it really was quite busy.

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Look in the corners on these.

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wildflowers
Aug 2, 2017 11:39 AM CST
Wonderful, Joanna! Hurray!
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Aug 2, 2017 12:15 PM CST
Excellent Joanna
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Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Aug 2, 2017 4:52 PM CST
Beautiful Joanna, you are doing so good!! Smiling
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luvsgrtdanes
Aug 2, 2017 6:30 PM CST
Great shots Joanna and the petunias are especially beautiful!!
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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Aug 2, 2017 6:35 PM CST
I agree Joanna, your petunias are really beautiful!
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Aug 3, 2017 10:46 AM CST
Things are looking up over here! I'm still running around with my cell phone in my hand yelling, "Stop! Stay there! Pose for me!" But I haven't seen a neighbor freeze in place yet.... Whistling

Today, a few creatures did stop and pose though. Wow! I'm starting to feel like a contributing member of this thread! Please do help me ID them.

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And I know this is never going to be a butterfly, but someone might still know what it is:
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Thank You!

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wildflowers
Aug 3, 2017 11:08 AM CST
Good going, Joanna! Hurray! I think your butterfly is a cabbage white, but I'm not for sure. So someone else might know for sure. The other is in the family of longhorned beetles.
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Name: Joanna
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joannakat
Aug 3, 2017 11:15 AM CST
Thank you everyone for the supportive words! We all share a love of these beautiful visitors to our gardens, and of the things we plant, maybe more for them than for ourselves. These days, when choosing a plant, I want to know if it's resistant to deer and rabbits, and whether it attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. If the answers are all "yes," I'll consider it. As for the hummingbird moth, it was more luck in timing than anything else. What a strange and beautiful creature!

And thank you for the kind words about my petunias too! They are a total mistake. I ordered something called Tidal Wave from White Flower Farm--they're supposed to be a silver-white color, and I got these instead. I had already planted them by the time I realized that those purple-ish flowers were never going to be white so White Flower Farm has promised to send the proper order next spring. Meanwhile, I'm obviously not the only one enjoying their mistake!

Thank You!
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Aug 3, 2017 12:42 PM CST
Cabbage White it is.
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Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Aug 3, 2017 4:54 PM CST
Gorgeous shots Jo!

Your beetle is here with common name and Latin binomial. https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2...

I esp love your video of the hummingbird moth! Some people get scared of them and think they look like winged lobsters Hilarious!
If you plant their host plants you'll keep them close by as caterpillars too:

Wild Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)

Lonicera caerulea, honeyberry, blue-berried honeysuckle
"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: Joanna
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joannakat
Aug 3, 2017 5:29 PM CST
nativeplantlover said:Gorgeous shots Jo!

Your beetle is here with common name and Latin binomial. https://www.whatsthatbug.com/2...

I esp love your video of the hummingbird moth! Some people get scared of them and think they look like winged lobsters Hilarious!
If you plant their host plants you'll keep them close by as caterpillars too:


Oh, thank you Cheryl! This makes me really happy as I already have the first two plants here--I planted the Major Wheeler a year ago and it's doing really, really well. The cherries have been here for over a decade. I understand that the hummingbird moths (which, IMHO, are extraordinarily beautiful) live for a short time so I'm very happy to see them. I never clear the leaves from my small area in the fall. I understand that's where they pupate and shelter through our very cold winters.

And yes! There's my little beetle! It's a Flower Longhorn! Hurray!
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central Illinois
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jmorth
Aug 5, 2017 12:06 AM CST
Today
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gersonian
Aug 5, 2017 7:02 AM CST
A couple of the monarch caterpillars on our A. Tuberosa!
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