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Old 09-28-2011, 03:16 PM   #1
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I had 3 or 4 of these zipping around the yard yesterday. New England Asters were at the top of their list of plants to sip nectar from. Each year the populations explode over the summer as they reclaim their northern range. Caterpillars and Adults actually don't survive the winter, nor do eggs or pupa.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:13 AM   #2
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Nice video! Beautiful butterfly and your asters look really nice too!
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:34 PM   #3
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Great video, MrILovetheAnts! I have buckeyes all over my asters, too. Also lots of little skippers and tons of bees and wasps love the asters.

We have been finding literally dozens of buckeye caterpillars all around the school yard. We have 1/2 dozen in chrysalis, one emerged and was released and we have probably 30 or so caterpillars in varying stages. My students are 'very' interested in insects and keep bringing me more every day, even after I begged them to stop! They really like the plantain, which there is plenty growing in the lawn and in my school garden. I have given several students their own 'rearing cages' to care for and raise buckeyes at home.

I hope that they all emerge in time to migrate south. A Facebook friend of mine who runs a butterfly farm in FL says the buckeyes migrate to her area where they go into diapause for the winter. I wonder why some butterflies can overwinter and some cannot? I am fascinated with the fact that there are butterflies that can overwinter as caterpillars and adults as well as pupae! There is just so much to learn!
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