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Old 06-08-2012, 02:01 PM   #101
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Hummingbird moths are amazing to watch! I had one show up today and feed on dianthus I had growing in a pot. They flit around so quickly; getting a good a photo of one is difficult. Later in the summer, the hummingbird moths flock to my monarda didyma.
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I planted the monarda seeds I had received from you and they are now a whole whopping inch tall!
I can't wait to see if they'll draw in the clearwings. Hmmmm Well maybe.........next year anyway. I'm glad I had started some in pots indoors as a back up as the ones I had planted outdoors didn't survive between the second round of cruddy chickie poo poo weeds I hadn't gotten around to pulling out again until today..
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:46 PM   #102
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hava, if you plant monarda you will definitely get clearwings, and hummingbirds, and bumbles by the bushel load! It's really a great plant. Plant M. didyma, fistulosa and whatever else you can find. It can run of course but so easy to pull and I welcome it to fill in where I need fillers.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:50 PM   #103
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This beautiful American Lady found the purple coneflower today (along with a bumble friend) - I love the spider-web like pattern on the underwing and the peacock tail spots.
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Old 06-08-2012, 05:06 PM   #104
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Find the swallowtail egg(s) on the dill and win a prize!!!
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:39 AM   #105
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Find the swallowtail egg(s) on the dill and win a prize!!!
The most obvious one is on a frond in the upper left center; there seems to be another at a juncture of a frond and stem off to the right of that one...
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Old 06-09-2012, 08:34 AM   #106
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Not Really Moths or Butterflies yet but someday.

Abbott's Sphinx, Sphecodina abbottii, on Concord Grape Vine. The brown skin and bright green spots that mimic a snake come later.

Eight Spotted Forester, Alypia octomaculata, also on Concord Grape Vine. They abandon the host plant when disturbed so be careful trying to spot them. Usually they have a silk safety line but I've found a few that didn't.

And an unknown eating my Asparagus.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:33 AM   #107
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Ehe 'unknown" likely is in the family Noctuidae (owlet moths), a huge family whose caterpillars vary widely in appearance.
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Old 06-10-2012, 06:21 AM   #108
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The most obvious one is on a frond in the upper left center; there seems to be another at a juncture of a frond and stem off to the right of that one...
I found two also, I planted dill, parsley and fennel just for the swallowtails and I guess it worked!
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Here's a very rare Flutterby unknownacus on 1 of my viburnums. Sorry about the photo being so crappy. Its entire wingspan couldn't have been more than an inch.
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:11 PM   #110
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Here's a very rare Flutterby unknownacus on 1 of my viburnums. Sorry about the photo being so crappy. Its entire wingspan couldn't have been more than an inch.
About all that I can tell you is that it is in the family Geometridae and that there are several species having this general color pattern.
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