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Old 08-01-2010, 11:59 AM   #101
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Out and about this morning I found these guys feasting on the mountain mint. It's magical when it blooms. I feel like I'm standing in the middle of a fairy land as dozens of butterflies flit all around me.

First is a buckeye, then some kind of skipper, a beautiful tiger swallowtail, and the last is blurry but I couldn't resist capturing five tigers on one plant.
I would have included it too--nice to see so many using it at the same time. I'm so looking forward to having more and more butterflies in my yard. So far, I'm seeing a few, and even a pair of them sometimes. The more I get planted the more I'll see, I'm sure.

The tiger swallowtail is especially beautiful.
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:11 PM   #102
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I spotted this guy the other day:

Hairstreak butterfly?
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Old 08-01-2010, 12:57 PM   #103
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dapjwy - you will see more I'm sure as time goes on and you continue your great work on your land. It's one of the most gratifying pleasures of growing natives. I never saw as many butterflies as we have here in southcentral Kentucky, or maybe I'm just noticing them more but it is wonderful.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:07 PM   #104
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dapjwy - you will see more I'm sure as time goes on and you continue your great work on your land. It's one of the most gratifying pleasures of growing natives. I never saw as many butterflies as we have here in southcentral Kentucky, or maybe I'm just noticing them more but it is wonderful.
I can't wait!
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I hear you! That happened to me a couple of times in the past few days. One day I ran inside to get the video camera to film about 5 swallows swooping this way and that catching bugs. I missed the shot because of the condensation on the lens. =(

...but it was great to see them. I couldn't be sure if they were the family of tree swallows raised in one of the nest boxes or barn swallows visiting my yard. I was leaning toward the tree swallow family until seeing a but of buff/orange on the underside of one--unless that was just the color of the sun beam hitting it as the sun was very low in the sky.

Anyway, I missed the shot, but enjoyed the moment.
Follow up: I thought I mentioned it here, but maybe I'm mistaken; that same day I went back out, grabbed the camcorder that I left on the sun porch to warm up, and went back to look for the swallows. I saw one fly off, but some other flitting and swooping caught my eye. There were about half dozen or so dragonflies flying around closer to the ground than the swallows. I did manage to get glimpses of them on tape, and later took the time to edit it together to try to achieve the same effect that I experienced.

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Very nice video clip, David! And of some of my favorite bugs, too!
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Very nice video clip, David! And of some of my favorite bugs, too!
I thought you might like it...I know they are among your favorites.

Too bad they were darting around so quickly, I couldn't even see what color they were, let alone hope to ID them.
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The first one I think is a White-lined Shpinx moth. The second photo i have no idea what they are? anyone have a clue?
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:41 PM   #109
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Neato! I think they're geometer moths called Trichodezia albovittata, or White-striped Blacks

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The adult form of the Squash Borer is actually a striking wasp mimic. And what's more surprising is to learn it's actually a Lepidoptera.
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