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ImageHenryr10
Mar 18, 2012 8:10 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Hope it's OK to start a new Thread for 2012.
VERY Unseasonably warm weather has started the Flutters weeks early here.

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We came from here:

http://cubits.org/butterflygarden/thread/view/51266/?offset=...
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHenryr10
Mar 18, 2012 8:32 AM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
So far we have seen:
Cabbage White,
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Comma, Spring Azure, and a small yellow I 'think' is a Little Sulphur.
Can't quite get close enough to the yellow for an ID..... but w/ the Tornadoes and T-Storms that have pushed thru here from the Gulf I'd say a bunch of Southern ones are already here.


Our neighbor has ID'd a Mourning Cloak

here's his shot...

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 20, 2012 12:24 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Beautiful, Henry! I've been seeing quite a few butterflies, including Monarchs. I'm a little worried because I haven't seen a single tiger, not ETS or the Two-tailed. Should have seen them already.
Imagewildflowers
Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
pretty pics, Henry!! I've been seeing the cabbage whites too and other butterflies. Lots of other bugs and birds and even the landscape is blooming early. It's been warmer than usual here as well, except the past couple of stormy days. Not complaining as we are just about back to normal for rainfall now! It's like nature is exploding to make up for last year!
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 21, 2012 10:26 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Yes, it has! Of course, the weedy weeds are doing really well, I see tons of those everywhere I go!
ImageHenryr10
Mar 23, 2012 7:56 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
OK not a butterfly but here's a pretty cool little moth we found.
First time and first shot... now we are seeing them EVERYWHERE!

Grapevine Epimenis jumped on and 'rode' us for about 200 yards! LOL!

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 23, 2012 10:01 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Those are cute! We're experiencing a Red Admiral population explosion here. I'm seeing them all over. Have seen one tiny cat and a few possible nests on Pennsylvania Pellitory plants (which are also having a population explosion themselves). And I brought home these two Pipevine Swallowtail cats, found on wild Aristolochia erecta. Those cats are growing like crazy.
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ImageHenryr10
Mar 24, 2012 7:04 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Eric and I went Butterfly hunting and did well, especially for mid/late March.
Mourning Cloaks, Eastern Commas (which overwinter here)
and a Red Admiral (first one reported in Ohio this year!)


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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
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ImageHenryr10
Mar 26, 2012 6:42 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Here's the one I've been looking for.... forever....lol!

Falcated Orangetip.... male has the orange dorsal tip

Probably a female
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Definitely a female

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Male

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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageLindaTX8
Mar 26, 2012 9:18 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
That's a cutie, Ric! Glad you found them...or they found you! These butterflies are really trying hard this year to be seen. Today was special. I'd almost forgotten I had two butterfly chrysalises in my shed. So today I went out to get birdseed...and a Two-tailed Tiger was in my container! I'd raised those last spring and released all but those two...I thought those two weren't ever going to emerge. So I released a butterfly! And also some Gulf Fritillaries arrived and spent the day laying eggs on my passionflower vines.Thumb of 2012-03-27/LindaTX8/3d23b0
Imagewildflowers
Mar 27, 2012 7:30 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Wonderful find, Ric, and great shots!!

that is neat, Linda!

I saw a couple of yellow tigers the other day but they were flying high. I figured they had just emerged from a nearby Wild black cherry tree?

ImageLindaTX8
Mar 28, 2012 3:00 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
For weeks, the Monarchs have been going through, seen occasionally, just ones or twos. Just minutes ago I spotted one near some Antelope Horns just a few properties past mine. There's eggs on those milkweeds! Guess I'll be raising some cats!
ImageHenryr10
Mar 28, 2012 6:30 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Good Deal Linda!

Commas, Mourning Cloaks and maybe Red Admirals winter over here.
The Mourning Cloak is one of the longest lived Butterflies on earth.
Right at 10 months or so as adults.
They mate in the spring and emerge from pupae in June/July.
Feed briefly then estivate thru the heat of Summer.
Pop back out in the Fall then hibernate over the winter.
“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
ImageHenryr10
Apr 8, 2012 8:10 PM CST
Name: Ric
Cincinnati, Oh
Shot these up at Taynors yesterday.
We spent the day w/ Sue and her Family.
Found a Butterfly Explosion!

Life First.
Juvenal's Duskywing.

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Finally my own Good Mourning Cloak shots!
I had never seen one before a few weeks ago.
There were a dozen or so up there.

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Plus a two-fer

MC and Eastern Comma

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And a TRIO!
MC, EC and a Question Mark!

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Linda Red Admirals are all over up here also.
This one was maybe 2' too low on the same tree to make a 4-fer shot.


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“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.”
C.S. Lewis
Imagewildflowers
Apr 10, 2012 1:24 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
We're having an amazing butterfly explosion around here... thousands of butterflies everywhere. Lots of question-marks, red admirals, painted ladies, some hackberry emperors and satyrs, others that I'm not sure of yet. It was kinda funny, recently were noticing an excess of castings falling from the trees, I'm talking 90ft. oaks and hickories and some of them have much of their leaves eaten away.... we figured there must be a load of larvae in them!!! Blinking

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so much larvae is still around too... I don't recognize them all yet! This one is on a little live oak, I don't recognize it but it's probably going to be some big ugly moth Hilarious! with my luck!!
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Imagewildflowers
Apr 11, 2012 10:05 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Just as I suspected, the above is called a "Magnificent looper" and turns into a moth, Lycia ypsilon.

http://www.pbase.com/image/141961637


I think this is a Banded Hairstreak... it was in the grass, hanging on to a blade lol!
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ImageLindaTX8
Apr 15, 2012 8:05 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
In an area of San Antonio partly cleared in the past, then left alone for years, I saw a field of many, countless hundreds of thousands of thistle. Here's an American Lady.
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A Painted Lady and a PL caterpillar.
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This caterpillar I wasn't sure of, but it was on thistle.
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There were many sulfurs and whites. And just a few swallowtails, which I think were Pipevine Swallowtails.
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Imagewildflowers
Apr 17, 2012 11:27 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I think the first pic is a black swallowtail cat... how much longer will he be munching the dill? Hilarious! Whistling hubby may try to fight for it. hahaha... maybe I should find some more plants!

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Not sure what kind of cat this is on the mint? The grasshoppers have been eating the mint plants. I had no idea they would but, the mint is providing a kind of decoy as the bugs seem to be eating it instead of my other plants?
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Buckeye on lantana (dustywing in background of last photo)
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ImageLindaTX8
Apr 22, 2012 12:22 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
So pretty, Christine! I hope the Buckeyes show up here sometime! Not sure what kind of cat that second one is, but it's bound to be a moth one. Good idea to have more dill plants! Or some fennel. That cat won't be around too long! I haven't seen any Black Swallowtail here that I'm sure of. The only swallowtail I've ID'd for sure is Pipevine Swallowtail. Sure would like to see more swallowtails. Yesterday I briefly thought I saw a different swallowtail (not black), then wondered if I had just imagined it! I released my first raised Monarch today, so it's a really special day for me!
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Hurray!
Imagewildflowers
Apr 22, 2012 2:25 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Congrats on your special day, Linda! The Monarch is probably my favorite, IF I had to chose. Smiling

The Lantana is getting lots of visitors... Painted Lady

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