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Old 09-02-2010, 10:23 PM   #201
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New York Ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, native to most of the eastern US. It gets really tall, at least eight feet or so.
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Old 09-03-2010, 01:27 PM   #202
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I'm in trouble. I bought some New York Iron weed and it was in bloom in a pot, and was about two feet tall. I didn't bother to check final heights and put it near the front of my perennial bed. I guess I better move it. The butterflies love the nectar and my yellow bear caterpillars definitely favor it and the blue mistflower over all the other plants I find them on.

Is it my imagination or do most skippers look very much alike on their ventral wings? I've tried to ID a bunch of them from photos, comparing to my field guide, and a lot of them look the same to me.

We still have monarch caterpillars here in NC, so hopefully they will not be migrating before Earl and Fiona have passed.
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Old 09-03-2010, 03:45 PM   #203
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I have two kinds of ironweed, V. Lindheimeri and V. Baldwinii. Butterflies do like them when they're blooming. The V. Baldwinii spreads a lot underground...a tendency to keep in mind on some ironweed. The second kind only spreads by seed...I THINK. Lately, I keep seeing skippers on them. The look-alike skipper problem...I think everybody has that problem. And Texas seems to have tons of different kinds, so most of the time I don't worry about ID. Certain skippers whose caterpillars I've raised from time to time are more familiar to me when I see the adult.
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Old 10-06-2010, 06:42 PM   #204
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I spotted this guy flying and fluttering around--it was going so fast, I'm lucky it stopped long enough for me to get a clear shot.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:29 AM   #205
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Talk about weird weather...

I was out putting up my Christmas lights (nice weather...so I decided to at least get them up outside before the snow/cold hits) outside yesterday...I live near Chicago...
and I see a flutter out of the corner of my eye...
I chased it..
It was a Buckeye...
I mean...
a buckeye?
in November?
In Chicago?

I don't think I have every seen butterflies this late (except for Mourning Cloak) in the season around here...
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Old 11-08-2010, 04:41 PM   #206
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Talk about weird weather...

I was out putting up my Christmas lights (nice weather...so I decided to at least get them up outside before the snow/cold hits) outside yesterday...I live near Chicago...
and I see a flutter out of the corner of my eye...
I chased it..
It was a Buckeye...
I mean...
a buckeye?
in November?
In Chicago?

I don't think I have every seen butterflies this late (except for Mourning Cloak) in the season around here...
Cool.

I must say that I've been spoiled--I could go for an extended Fall...every year! ...Followed by a short winter.
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