This was yesterday morning! Guess we can't load video here, so I'll have to get it on utube at some point. Video of them emerging was cool. The last one came out this morning, and my daughter got to have breakfast with a monarch. Waiting until it warms up a bit to release it. The one on the morning glory vines is the bent wing baby. He could fly some, but not super well. Eventually took off to where I couldn't keep track of him, so maybe he figured it out...
That is kind of strange. The day I posted it was my first sighting ever. Then, this morning I noted one by the back door (w/o pic).
I did find a Painted Lady. They've been relatively scarce this year; some years they're 'thick as thieves'.
Name: Marilyn (Mau) South-central Missouri-in the Zone 6b
Great photos everyone! I was thrilled yesterday to see a Tiger swallowtail flying around my yard. It was a first sighting for me in my own yard. I even had some gardening friends as witnesses and also had my camera out and ready but the thing wouldn't land long enough for me to get a photo! GRRRRRR
However, I did manage to capture these photos of an EBST who was quite happy to pose for me.
Name: Cat Edinburg, TX in the deep south tip of Texas
Mau...that poor female BST is well worn. She must've been out on several egg laying missions :o)
It's not a female dark form Tiger. Am leaning towards a worn BST due to the worn out double white spots on the forewing bottom margin, the faded hindwing red/orange eyespots and the thorax spots...although am puzzled that it is missing the spots on the abdomen - could be worn or covered - just seems odd not to even see one. Hmmm...maybe I'm wrong - with all the days I've had to work late and all the rain we've gotten - it's been a while since I've seen a BST!
Here's a fresh female BST for comparision.
Love was in the air at the ranch. Some Common Checkered Skippers came out during a brief respite in the rain.
...and yes, a steady drizzle on Saturday lasted for several hours. Brother was on the tractor pulling out some pesky huisache trees for me - I've slowly been working on a couple of acres planting purchased native nectar sources to make one main spot for the butterflies to congregate. With all the good rain the ranch has gotten this past week I hope to get Brother back out there to dig up and transplant some native Sweet Brush, Barbados Cherry and Lantana to that spot too :o)
Here's a photo of dear Brother hard at work in the pouring rain!!! Don't feel sorry for him - he loves it! He hadn't been out to the ranch in months and was itching to hop on the tractor and get dirty! Men and their toys!!!
ps...sister in law and I are sitting in the golf cart - covered top sheltered from the rain!!! Hey, we're there for moral support! :o)
My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.