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Old 07-09-2010, 07:25 PM   #31
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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...

LOL! Cool.

I spot and identify birds, trees, and wildflowers while going 65...but they are a bit bigger.
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:28 PM   #32
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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.
Great pictures and beautiful butterfly.

I just put in a bare root buttonbush this spring... it took *forever* to finally leaf out...and I had to water it in the drought we've had...but, it seems to be holding its own. I can't wait until it is big enough to bloom and start attracting lots of things!
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:48 PM   #33
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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.
What an amazing-looking moth! It almost looks like it has fur! Beautiful.

Somehow that moth reminds me of a story (although I'm sure it was a different kind of moth in my story). When I was probably about 12, I found a cocoon during early spring. I brought it inside and kept it in a jar with air holes. I must've checked it out every day...but, I can't be sure how long I had it. What I do remember was noticing that it was coming out. Quickly, I took it outside and put it on a twig of our birch tree and watched as it came out of the hole it had made.

I was expecting a beautiful butterfly; what I saw was this slim, dark insect with narrow wings that I assumed was a wasp that had gotten inside and ate the developing caterpillar. I was upset, but watched fascinated. This dark, wet insect began to unfold its wings and dry off...I realized that it was not a wasp...but it was not a butterfly either. It was a moth.

I remember looking it up in a book we had. My father always had books on trees, butterflies, reptiles, shells, etc for us to look at. I can't remember what it was, but I do remember the big, comb-like antennae.

Thanks for brining back that memory.
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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.
Great variety. I love the spicebush swallowtail in flight!
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This guy looked pretty interesting.
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Linrose, you're right about the zebra swallowtails moving constantly. I got bit by biting midges (no see 'ems) taking these pictures, so I didn't pursue it for very long.

These were taken a couple days ago in an area in Maryland where pawpaws grow, their larval host plant. (Asimina triloba)


I don't think it occurs to people that the butterfly bush won't support any caterpillars. My friend's yard where the pictures were taken already has some seedling butterfly bushes, but hopefully I convinced him to cut the flower heads off to prevent any more. Maryland doesn't list any invasive plants, as far as I know.
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There's an American Lady, Vanessa virginiensis, on the left.

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There were lots of skippers, dusky and silver-spotted and a few different grass skippers. I think this is Polites peckius.

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I don't think it occurs to people that the butterfly bush won't support any caterpillars. My friend's yard where the pictures were taken already has some seedling butterfly bushes, but hopefully I convinced him to cut the flower heads off to prevent any more. Maryland doesn't list any invasive plants, as far as I know.
Dead heading a butterfly bush is the first step to seeing how annoying the plants are eventually cutting them down. I used to have 4 in my yard... they were gone in a year. To many flower clusters, and pruning only lead to more flower clusters that weren't as pretty looking. By the end I think I was cutting whole limbs off of them.
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This is the first Spicebush Swallowtail I've seen here. No surprise as I have about ten mature shrubs of the same name. But, I was happy to see it for the first time! Pictures three and four have the Balsam tree and young Wild Black Cherry in background.
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This is the first Spicebush Swallowtail I've seen here. No surprise as I have about ten mature shrubs of the same name. But, I was happy to see it for the first time! Pictures three and four have the Balsam tree and young Wild Black Cherry in background.
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Nice photos! I am pretty sure this is an Eastern Swallowtail, not a Spicebush. A Spicebush has a single row of yellowish white spots. Eastern has a double row. I am not authority, but I am pretty sure... I have a very hard time telling the two of them apart when they are flitting around the yard.
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