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Old 07-11-2010, 04:04 PM   #41
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Released this female black swallowtail on Thursday after it eclosed. I found it as a caterpillar in June as it was munching on some parsley that was about to seed. I found another egg and caterpillar on the parsley today along with a bunch more monarch eggs and cats on milkweeds! How exciting!
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:07 PM   #42
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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.
Well, I trust that you're right. I've never seen a Spicebush Swallowtail. I may have been filling in missing blanks when trying to id it with a slant toward finding it to be the Spicebush. Ah well. It was beautiful anyway.
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:06 PM   #43
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I should spend more time out in my yard---especially late in the day; aside from what is pictured, I saw a glimpse of what I think was a Baltimore oriole flying toward my blueberry bushes. It made an about face when it spotted me and disappeared behind the barn.

I was taking pictures of flowers and spotted some movement in the shadows: the butterfly in the first three pics. Then I spotted several bees and another buttefly.

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Old 07-11-2010, 08:11 PM   #44
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Here are the others I spotted this evening.

I think the ant on the jewelweed ruined my shot of the bumblebee (the blur in the lower left). I was getting ready to snap the shot when the bumblebee seemed to immediately abandon the idea of entering the flower when seeing the ant inside...but, I included the photo anyway...because it is the only thing "flying around" that was actually in flight in my pictures.
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:49 PM   #45
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What's Flying Around-p1050563-1.jpg I don't know what this is, do you? Taken at Letchworth, Castile, NY

What's Flying Around-p1050688.jpg Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
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Nice photos swamp thing! I wish I could get a pic of zebra swallowtails. I haven't seen any since that day. They must have been passing through. I should just grab a chair and sit with my camera next to the coneflowers until something interesting comes along. Usually I'm just out wandering when I come across a great photo op. Unfortunately I rarely have my camera with me. Yesterday I saw a pair of goldfinches in my garden feasting on some Echinacea paradoxa seeds while perched on top of them. THAT would have been a cool pic! By the time I went inside to get the camera, they were gone.

I gotta learn to never leave the house without my camera!
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Nice photos swamp thing! I wish I could get a pic of zebra swallowtails. I haven't seen any since that day. They must have been passing through. I should just grab a chair and sit with my camera next to the coneflowers until something interesting comes along. Usually I'm just out wandering when I come across a great photo op. Unfortunately I rarely have my camera with me. Yesterday I saw a pair of goldfinches in my garden feasting on some Echinacea paradoxa seeds while perched on top of them. THAT would have been a cool pic! By the time I went inside to get the camera, they were gone.

I gotta learn to never leave the house without my camera!
I'm with you, linrose, all too often, I'm out without a camera--or can't get to my cellphone fast enough to snap a picture. Oh well, at least we are seeing things worth photographing!

The goldfinches would've made a great picture...at least we can all picture them from your description.
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I'm just thrilled that something I planted is actually attracting, and feeding, wildlife. I get really excited about it. That's great incentive for planting more natives!
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Old 07-15-2010, 01:20 AM   #49
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Me too about not having the camera handy when I really, really want a pic of something great. The other day, used to only seeing the usual summer birds, along comes a pretty one I hadn't ever seen before. So, naturally, I couldn't get a photo and can't figure out what it was! And one year, actual Malachite butterflies showed up in my yard! They were absolutely awe-inspiring, one of the best experiences I've ever had! I can't even describe how lovely they were. But again, no photo, no memento to look at...drat! I may have to go down to the border sometime and find out where to look for them so I can enjoy looking at photos of them again and again!
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Me too about not having the camera handy when I really, really want a pic of something great. The other day, used to only seeing the usual summer birds, along comes a pretty one I hadn't ever seen before. So, naturally, I couldn't get a photo and can't figure out what it was! And one year, actual Malachite butterflies showed up in my yard! They were absolutely awe-inspiring, one of the best experiences I've ever had! I can't even describe how lovely they were. But again, no photo, no memento to look at...drat! I may have to go down to the border sometime and find out where to look for them so I can enjoy looking at photos of them again and again!
You might find this butterfly park established by the North American Butterfly Association interesting:
Home Page Butterfly Park
And do remember to take your camera; we would enjoy looking at the photos too.
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