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Old 07-04-2010, 04:07 PM   #21
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Man! You must have an amazing eye! Although, I can spot a first instar monarch caterpillar on a milkweed leaf as we are driving down the road at 65 mph...
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:08 PM   #22
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Hmmm...it's usually not the caterpillar that I spot, it's the way the leaf is eaten that draws my eye first.
BTW, that first pic could be an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail also. I looked it up and the books do say they use Hop Tree...although I've never seen their cats on Hop Tree and I've often seen the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtails use that host plant.
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Old 07-05-2010, 08:13 AM   #23
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Yeah, that is what we like to do when we're in the garden...walk around, looking for evidence. I've taught my students to do that. They will shout: Cool, someone's been eating this plant! I know most people (not on this forum) get upset if some insect is eating their plants.
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:10 PM   #24
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A Bordered Patch butterfly on a Buttonbush and hanging on to a culvert in a strong wind. That plant must have awfully sweet nectar, since it attracts a lot of insects.
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Hummingbird (probably Black-chinned...pic not very good) and a Question Mark.
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Old 07-07-2010, 05:18 PM   #26
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Not often seen flying around but my brother found a Citheronia regalis at work. It was half dead and probably past it's prime when he found it. Upon bringing it home I staged a few shots.

Other common names are Regal Moth, and Hickory Horned Devil (the caterpillar). Note the tiny Acorn ant, Temnothorax sp. in the picture.
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I saw two Zebra Swallowtails yesterday. Try as I might they are so hard to get close enough to them to photograph. They never seem to stop moving. They are particularly beautiful though.
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I don't have very good photos but here is a Tiger swallowtail, a dark female Tiger, a Spicebush swallowtail and I think a Pearl Crescent I've seen in the past day or two.
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Old 07-09-2010, 05:33 PM   #29
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Not often seen flying around but my brother found a Citheronia regalis at work. It was half dead and probably past it's prime when he found it. Upon bringing it home I staged a few shots.

Other common names are Regal Moth, and Hickory Horned Devil (the caterpillar). Note the tiny Acorn ant, Temnothorax sp. in the picture.
Very cool moth, Mr. Ants! A student of mine had found a hickory horned devil in her yard last fall. Her dad took pictures of it so that she could show me at school. It is quite a scary looking caterpillar and HUGE!
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A Bordered Patch butterfly on a Buttonbush and hanging on to a culvert in a strong wind. That plant must have awfully sweet nectar, since it attracts a lot of insects.
You should take a whiff of the buttonbush, it does smell extremely sweet, like honey!
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