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ImageLindaTX8
Feb 21, 2011 8:56 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
I hope nobody mind that I started a new thread! We've been having spring-like weather lately and my early anemones attracted a little visitor today! Woohoo!
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ImageLindaTX8
Feb 27, 2011 10:24 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
A Pipevine Swallowtail visiting the Carolina Jessamine to nectar.
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Imagewildflowers
Feb 27, 2011 12:58 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
yeay! thanks Linda, for letting us know spring is on the way!

I'm lol because that first butterfly sure looks familiar but don't remember its name from last year...I think it's a skipper??

ImageHenryr10
Feb 27, 2011 2:05 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
We're still a few weeks away from seeing any but it's FUN to see how the other half lives.

I started going back over the books to familiarize myself w/ them.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageLindaTX8
Feb 27, 2011 7:32 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
I believe the first one is the Common Checkered Skipper! Our early spring weather is such a lovely blessing after the arctic fronts we had a while back. I'm waiting for the hummingbirds also, because the first ones always come by once the Carolina Jessamine blooms. I'm thinking of getting another one of those plants.
ImageHenryr10
Feb 27, 2011 7:43 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Here's the one I'm seeking.
http://www.ohio-nature.com/falcate-orangetip.html
Didn't see a one last Spring.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageApopkaJohn
Feb 28, 2011 9:33 PM CST
Name: John Mehner
Central Florida zone 9
Now I can watch butterflies on the wall of our living room and they don't fly away so fast. This is metal artwork from the pottery barn store.
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Imagewildflowers
Mar 1, 2011 9:24 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
ah, i really like that! so pretty! big fan of copper & dragonflies too!!!
ImageHappyJackMom
Mar 1, 2011 9:46 AM CST
Name: Donna Yates
Happy Jack, AZ - Zone 5a
I'm so glad you started this forum, will it include moths too?

Maybe someone could tell me what species this butterfly is. It was taken by our son probably 12 years ago. We live at 7,000' in a large Ponderosa, Juniper and Oak forest, and we don't get as many of these beauties that those at lower altitudes do.

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ImageLindaTX8
Mar 1, 2011 6:31 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Well, definitely some kind of tiger! My guess would be maybe Western Tiger Swallowtail. Your area could possibly get that or the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail also. But I don't see the double tails that the two-tailed one has. Cool butterfly pic! And moths are fine. We don't know as many of those, but we try.
And John, I LIKE that! Nice one, Henry! Hope you spot one!
ImageKLStuart
Mar 1, 2011 7:55 PM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
Pretty! What nice photos to remind us that spring is on the way! I've not gotten to do my planting this year, too busy for the massive sowing I usually do, so I've decided I'm going to treat myself to several of the butterfly nectar and host plants on my wish list with a gift certificate I was given! That way I'll get to plant some new things and hopefully see more butterflies too!
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 6, 2011 3:22 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Following a light freeze last night, the butterflies were going at the Carolina Jessamine blooms hot and heavy in the warm afternoon! The Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtails have joined the other butterflies nectaring on it. Much competition for the best positions on the plant, butterflies chasing each other around and such. Can't recall this much action on it in previous years.

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Imagewildflowers
Mar 6, 2011 3:55 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
oh my-so pretty! the blooms and the swallowtails!

i saw the first butterfly of the year here yesterday... and couldn't believe it John, it was the one you're looking for! lol it was fluttering pretty quick and i think it will give you a run with the camera!!

ImageHenryr10
Mar 6, 2011 7:31 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Still about a month at least to go here in Cincinnati.

I did pick up a cool book at the Library.
'The Life Cycle of Butterflies'
(From egg to maturity, a visual guide to 23 Common Butterflies)
By: Judy Burris & Wayne Richards

Most Excellent!

I'm looking for the
'A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America: The Peterson Field Guide Series'
but not ready to spend 40+ dollars for it....lol!
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHappyJackMom
Mar 6, 2011 11:21 PM CST
Name: Donna Yates
Happy Jack, AZ - Zone 5a
Here is a photo of a beautiful female Polyphemus Moth that we found in our small oak grove out back of our cabin. She must have had a terrible time getting here, as you can see from her damaged wing edges. She died several minutes after these photos were taken. They only live long enough to breed and produce eggs and then they die, such a shame. The last photo is what their caterpillars look like.

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Imagewildflowers
Mar 7, 2011 7:14 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Happy, that sure is a pretty and colorful moth, thank you for the great photos.
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 7, 2011 11:46 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Yes, I've had the Polyphemus Moths here also. They are pretty cool-looking!
ImageKLStuart
Mar 14, 2011 6:15 AM CST
Name: Kelly
Simpsonville, SC
'morning all! Is anyone familiar with the butterfly garden near Fort Lauderdale? I think I'm going to tag along down there for a swim meet my husband will be in, but my DD and I will not be able to take 4 days of swim meet, so we'll be sight seeing instead. Thinking that the beaches may be kind of rowdy with spring breakers, I'll be looking for other activities to keep us busy!
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 15, 2011 12:00 AM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Some kind of hummingbird moth...maybe clearwing? Today, after the front, not much nectaring, but this was the other day.
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ImageLindaTX8
Mar 20, 2011 12:52 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Well, I checked the Arizona Ash foliage again today and yep...found one little bitty tiger cat on it...and one egg. The Two-tailed ones sometimes lay eggs on that tree when they get here too early to use their other host plants. The Hop Trees are starting to leaf out now, but they weren't ready when these eggs were laid. The trouble with that ash tree is it's too tall now. Had to get up on a ladder to see any leaves at all. Well, my digital camera isn't working now Sad , don't know when I'll be able to take pictures again.
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