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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
'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!
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 , don't know when I'll be able to take pictures again.