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Old 08-11-2010, 12:26 PM   #141
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Aside from the reproductive organs, the female tiger swallowtails will have more blue color visible on the top of the hind wings. They can also be mostly black!
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:53 PM   #142
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I went out this morning to check on them, and I swear they doubled in size!

bridget1964, you may not want to look at the 3rd one. It is not really quite as close as it seems.
Great shots, David! They do grow very quickly! If we grew as fast as a monarch caterpillar, we would be the size of a bus in 10 days!
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:46 PM   #143
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Great shots, David! They do grow very quickly! If we grew as fast as a monarch caterpillar, we would be the size of a bus in 10 days!

Thank you.

I knew they'd grow quickly, but I didn't think it would be quite that fast! Great analogy. I bet the kids love that (assuming you've already shared that with them, if not, you should).

BTW, I'm happy to report that, when I went back, I found both caterpillars resting comfortably away from the spider.
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:00 PM   #144
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Thank you.

I knew they'd grow quickly, but I didn't think it would be quite that fast! Great analogy. I bet the kids love that (assuming you've already shared that with them, if not, you should).

BTW, I'm happy to report that, when I went back, I found both caterpillars resting comfortably away from the spider.
Yeah, the kids always say "Whooaa!" whenever I tell them that comparison! Be sure to check out what I wrote about your other caterpillar photo in the Scat thread.
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Yeah, the kids always say "Whooaa!" whenever I tell them that comparison! Be sure to check out what I wrote about your other caterpillar photo in the Scat thread.
Cool.

Okay, I'm heading over there right now. ~smile~
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As usual it isn't until August that I start seeing Monarchs in the garden. This year it happened on August 1st and once again Meadow Liatris took the crown. A few days later my mom reported seeing a female laying eggs in our milkweed patch and sure enough there are little eggs spotting the underside of some leaves.
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As usual it isn't until August that I start seeing Monarchs in the garden. This year it happened on August 1st and once again Meadow Liatris took the crown. A few days later my mom reported seeing a female laying eggs in our milkweed patch and sure enough there are little eggs spotting the underside of some leaves.
Great news! ...and great pictures...I especially like the first one. =)
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Thank you, I've been trying to get Liatris ligulistylis established in my garden. All the ones I had from Prairie Moon this year (like 36 plants!) didn't come up. I suspect it's because they were stored with the asters which have clear signs of being left in a green house a bit to long. The asters arrived flowering and haven't produced much growth at all. Hopefully they'll be up and growing next year though and I'll have my Monarch sanctuary that I planed out.

I think other late flowering Liatris work great for Monarchs too.
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I hope they come up for you and your butterfly sanctuary takes off.

I don't think that Liatris is native to my area, nor any other Liatris seems native to my county...at least according to my Plants of Pennsylvania book. It shows two species of Liatris native to south central and south east PA.

Oh well, I'm sure there are many other flowers I can grow for monarchs and others. I have several species of aster and hope to add more.

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Thank you, I've been trying to get Liatris ligulistylis established in my garden. All the ones I had from Prairie Moon this year (like 36 plants!) didn't come up. I suspect it's because they were stored with the asters which have clear signs of being left in a green house a bit to long. The asters arrived flowering and haven't produced much growth at all. Hopefully they'll be up and growing next year though and I'll have my Monarch sanctuary that I planed out.

I think other late flowering Liatris work great for Monarchs too.
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