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Old 08-26-2011, 01:59 PM   #11
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Yay, Jack! Be aware that spicebush swallowtail caterpillars grow very slowly. Much slower than monarchs. It will probably be a caterpillar for 3 weeks or more!

Good luck with your little bundle of joy!
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:08 PM   #12
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Yay, Jack! Be aware that spicebush swallowtail caterpillars grow very slowly. Much slower than monarchs. It will probably be a caterpillar for 3 weeks or more!

Good luck with your little bundle of joy!
Mom never stopped for a picture but was perpetual motion all the while. I know she laid a goodly number of eggs and may go out to find some more. I have as many as twenty spicebush on my property, one, believe it or not, is 18 to 20 feet tall!! I'm serious!

All of these years I've never seen a sign of the butterfly, but today, when I saw this large and beautiful butterfly racing around, I knew she was something special. Finally, she landed on the spicebush and dipped her abdomen under a leaf - the adrenalin was pumping in my veins!!! I couldn't believe it!!!

I never did get a good look at her, though. She was not nectaring at all.
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Old 08-26-2011, 02:13 PM   #13
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Excellent descriptive details, Jack. I too get so excited when witnessing a miracle such as this.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:56 PM   #14
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It's November 1st and I saw Monarchs today, near Buffalo, Niagara River, Canada~
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:52 PM   #15
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I saw 2 on Nov. 1st. So late!
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:02 PM   #16
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Yeah, I saw one on November 3rd as well. There are still a few asters blooming, so there's still a bit of food around. Some bees are still out & about too. Not many, but a few.
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Saw a monarch on my neighbor's marigolds on Sunday, Nov. 6. Craziness! I felt like putting him on a plane to Mexico! I don't know if he'll make it...
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Saw a monarch on my neighbor's marigolds on Sunday, Nov. 6. Craziness! I felt like putting him on a plane to Mexico!
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Maybe you could get a discounted ticket.

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I don't know if he'll make it...
Let's hope he can.

I've seen a couple of sulfur butterflies in the past couple of days even though we've had freezing temperatures over several nights--as low as 28 degrees. They have survived.
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I've seen a couple of sulfur butterflies in the past couple of days even though we've had freezing temperatures over several nights--as low as 28 degrees. They have survived.
We have seen buckeyes on the playground every day, too. Nature sure amazes me!
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We have seen buckeyes on the playground every day, too. Nature sure amazes me!
~smile~ So, let's hope these late monarchs are just as amazing.
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