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

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jmorth
Sep 3, 2017 1:18 AM CST
New month, new thread
Came from here:
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Great Spangled Fritillary
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 3, 2017 6:12 AM CST
Beautiful photos to begin the new thread, Jack! (and they made me wonder - where are my coneflowers? I hope they didn't die out on me, need to go check more closely...)
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Sep 3, 2017 6:39 AM CST
Way to start the month-with beautiful photos of some pretty Fritillaries. Nice to see someone still has their coneflowers. Mine all went to the bunnies. Angry I'll have to get some new fencing for them (the coneflowers).

Gayle
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Name: Joanna
North Central Massachusetts (N (Zone 5b)
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joannakat
Sep 3, 2017 7:12 AM CST
Archivesgirl said:Way to start the month-with beautiful photos of some pretty Fritillaries. Nice to see someone still has their coneflowers. Mine all went to the bunnies.



OH NOOOOOO! Bunnies eat purple coneflowers? I just bought some in the hopes that they might attract BFs, but we have a bunny problem here! D'Oh!
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Name: Mac
Over yonder, IL (Zone 6b)
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McCannon
Sep 3, 2017 8:35 AM CST
Found 3 more Monarch cats this morning. I don't know what kind of white eggs those are in the cluster on the first pic.
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Sep 3, 2017 8:51 AM CST
@joannaKat,

Joanna,
They ate the leaves off of mine-stripped them bare. Then I put up some wire fencing I had around the plants but I'm going to get something that they can't get through. One early morning I was looking out of my bedroom window into the backyard and don't ya know, there was a cottontail munching on the leaves!

I hope you have better luck than I did. I'm going to get some small fencing for the next coneflowers I plant and the ones that are left. Sighing!

Gayle
central Illinois
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jmorth
Sep 4, 2017 12:15 AM CST
SSS (Silver Spotted Skipper)
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Cabbage White
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Name: Mac
Over yonder, IL (Zone 6b)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
Cat Lover Birds Hummingbirder Butterflies Frogs and Toads Critters Allowed
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McCannon
Sep 4, 2017 7:58 AM CST
I found 3 tiny Black Swallowtail cats on the celery this morning. I couldn't get a good close-up pic. Of the 3 I found earlier, 1 has entered the chrysalis stage and the other 2 are getting close, if size is any indication.
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Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Weedwhacker
Sep 4, 2017 10:31 AM CST
The sedum is starting to attract the butterflies --

Monarch

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Painted Lady

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Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Sep 4, 2017 2:30 PM CST
Maybe try putting up hardware cloth fencing around them with enough height to keep them out.
Archivesgirl said:@joannaKat,

Joanna,
They ate the leaves off of mine-stripped them bare. Then I put up some wire fencing I had around the plants but I'm going to get something that they can't get through. One early morning I was looking out of my bedroom window into the backyard and don't ya know, there was a cottontail munching on the leaves!

I hope you have better luck than I did. I'm going to get some small fencing for the next coneflowers I plant and the ones that are left. Sighing!

Gayle


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Name: Jim D
East Central Indiana (Zone 5b)
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jimard8
Sep 4, 2017 6:11 PM CST
Not that good of a picture of a Monarch depositing an egg



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In the Butterfly garden if a plant is not chewed up I feel like a failure
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Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Sep 4, 2017 7:30 PM CST
LindaTX8 said:Maybe try putting up hardware cloth fencing around them with enough height to keep them out.




Great idea, Linda. I wasn't even thinking about that. Rolling my eyes.

I'll have to get some before I ever plant bunny material again, just to be safe. Now, if the guy down the road plants his vegetable garden next year, all the bunnies will be at HIS place. Rolling on the floor laughing

Gayle
central Illinois
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jmorth
Sep 4, 2017 11:12 PM CST
Peck's Skipper
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Name: Mac
Over yonder, IL (Zone 6b)
Ex zones 4b, 8b, 9a, 9b
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McCannon
Sep 5, 2017 1:41 AM CST
The 2nd Swallowtail cat is entering chrysalis stage. The 3rd one isn't far behind.

One of the Monarch cats munching on a Milkweed leaf. I hope yesterday's storm didn't wash them all away.
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Sep 5, 2017 6:03 AM CST
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Little Fiery Skipper and Virginia Ctenucha moth both on Hardy Ageratum
"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
Name: Archivesgirl
Salisbury, MD (Zone 7b)
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Archivesgirl
Sep 5, 2017 6:16 AM CST
You all have such a beautiful variety of butterflies, and moths that I'll have to move to IL or PA to see what you all see. Smiling

Thanks for posting the photos. It's the next best thing to actually being there. Lovey dubby

Gayle
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Sep 5, 2017 7:56 PM CST
Awww Welcome! & thanks so much Archivesgirl(Gayle). I tip my hat to you. Glad to see how much you enjoy our photos. Please check out the forum more when you're able. Hey- You're only 3 1/2 hrs from here. You could have exactly the same BFs! It's all just in what you plant and a few other tweaks that make a sweeter environment for them, Believe me, there's 1000% more here at my place already than a few years ago b/c of the changes I've made.

"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: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
Charter ATP Member Celebrating Gardening: 2015 I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped beta test the first seed swap Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Region: United States of America Region: Michigan Seed Starter Vegetable Grower Greenhouse Birds
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Weedwhacker
Sep 5, 2017 8:03 PM CST
The biggest trick seems to be to have your camera handy when the butterflies show up! Smiling
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Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
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nativeplantlover
Sep 5, 2017 8:17 PM CST
My day off and getting over a cold, so just clicked a few more in the back yard:
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Thumb of 2017-09-06/nativeplantlover/237345Checkered Skipper on Broad-leaved Mountain Mint
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Thumb of 2017-09-06/nativeplantlover/d30f46-How many do you see?
Thumb of 2017-09-06/nativeplantlover/daaebcAfternoon delight on Globe Amaranth
Thumb of 2017-09-06/nativeplantlover/a9c325Buckeye on Buttonbush
Thumb of 2017-09-06/nativeplantlover/389656 Ventral view of Buckeye

"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
Name: Cheryl
Brownstown, Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Million Pollinator Garden Challenge The WITWIT Badge Garden Photography Photo Contest Winner: 2016
Bee Lover Butterflies Hummingbirder Spiders! Birds Dragonflies
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nativeplantlover
Sep 5, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Weedwhacker said:The biggest trick seems to be to have your camera handy when the butterflies show up! Smiling


Yeah I keep my iphone in my pocket when I'm outdoors. My backyard is only about 80 x 60ish. Today I missed a really good chance at getting a picture of a hummingbird moth!
"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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