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Old 05-10-2018, 04:16 PM   #1
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butterfly Butterflies 2018

Many of us got a slow start to the gardening year due to weather, let's share what kind of butterflies we are seeing with photos if available. I've seen swallowtails and red admirals, so far this year I have taken only one photo on April 30, a spicebush swallowtail.
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Old 05-10-2018, 04:59 PM   #2
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Found this on my Black Cherry tree. It's good to know that even with it usually swarming with ants that murder whole clutches of caterpillars that at least one made it through the winter.... no idea where the poor thing is now.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:39 PM   #3
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saw 2 different types of butterflies earlier this spring, they were enjoying the sap that covered a Sugar Maple stump that I cleared off the stone fence line.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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Fritillaries are flying now. This guy was sunning himself on my gardening gloves today. Also a strange moth that looked like a faded leaf hung out for a long time on a deck post.
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:23 PM   #5
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I saw a butterfly that looked just like that swallowtail a couple days ago when I was watering containers. I dont know much about butterflies, and my cell phone camera is horrible at focusing quickly, but I will try to take some pictures if I can.
The butterfly seemed to be flying around me for a while, I will have to plant some spicebush for them.
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Old 06-03-2018, 08:24 AM   #6
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BTW the first butterfly is a Hackberry Emperor and the moth is a Spotted Apatelodes Moth.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:34 PM   #7
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Saw my first Great Spangled Fritillary today, fresh and untattered. One of my favorites.
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Old 06-04-2018, 04:27 PM   #8
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I love your cool moth photo!

I have way fewer butterflies this year. I think they got hurt by the late April freeze, and washed out with the 13inches of rain we have gotten in the past few weeks.

I agree with skip, that it is hard to get good photos with a cell phone camera, but I am not carrying my real camera nearly as much. I have seen eastern tigers, red spotted purples, summer azures and silver spotted skippers in the past few days, but only got a photo of the eastern tiger swallowtail on A. tuberosa.

Skip, there are a bunch of swallowtails that all look very similar, mimicking the toxic pipeline swallowtail. Yours may or may not be spicebush swallowtails. However, if you plant spicebush, they will come in droves, and birds like the berries, too. And, deer won’t eat it. A great plant all round!
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May 26th
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I noticed a pretty fuzzy white moth fluttering about the camp. Upon its resting... I screwed on all three, new extension tubes onto my camera to get a feel of what they were capable of. The final shots were much closer with quite a bit more detail than my regular lens would have taken but.... I also had to hold a lot more steady to get a decent capture
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Old 06-13-2018, 07:29 AM   #10
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I would have released her outside into freedom but while putting the camera away she fluttered to who knows where.

Later in the day I found her sitting upon the floor. I went down to pick her up and I noticed......
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She's laying EGGS!
Beautiful, beautiful, pearly yellow, perfectly round EGGS!
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