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Old 07-31-2012, 09:08 AM   #181
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Really like your photos, Linrose! We used to call the hummingbird moths 'Crab flies' when we were kids. We had no idea they were moths.
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:55 AM   #182
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Great shots of the hummingbird moths! They are always such a treat to watch.
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:48 AM   #183
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thanks bridge and NEWisc! It's hard to get the wings in focus, just like hummingbirds, they move so quickly. They really seem to love the verbena though.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:51 AM   #184
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I'm really excited! Today I found a Variegated fritillary caterpillar on a dried up tuliptree leaf when I was weeding. I don't think tuliptree is a host plant, I know passionvine and violets are though. If I were to raise it inside should I put some violet plants in the cage? I've never seen this brightly colored caterpillar before. It's pretty active and curls up when disturbed.
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Old 08-07-2012, 12:16 AM   #185
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Violet plants (any native species should be fine) in the cage should work well; or you could just put fresh leaves in each day.

I don't have any personal experience with this caterpillar, but another possibility is that this one is mature and it's just looking for a place to pupate. So I would also put some sticks or something in the cage that it could attach itself to.

The chrysalis is also supposed to be a thing of beauty.
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They ARE kind of jewel-like! This was a Variegated Fritillary chrysalis that I had this year. The caterpillars also use Maypop and native flax.
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Old 08-08-2012, 02:07 PM   #187
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Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulfur, Black Swallowtail
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:50 PM   #188
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I set my variegated fritillary free, and he went on walkabout! I can't cage wildlife, it's against my nature, plus I don't want to kill anything! Lovely chrysalis though, I will l will look for it though I'm terrible at finding them.

Nice Black Swallowtail MILTA, I like the fourth pic.
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They ARE kind of jewel-like! This was a Variegated Fritillary chrysalis that I had this year. The caterpillars also use Maypop and native flax.
Gorgeous chrysalis! I have never raised fritillaries before!
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:50 AM   #190
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Morpho Butterfly 1 Eastern Black Swallowtails

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I have raised quite a lot of these beauties this summer. Here are some photos. The male has the dark, double row of yellow spots. The female has much less yellow, lots of brilliant blue and a very large abdomen, full of eggs. I raise them in an inverted tomato cage covered with tulle (tutu) material.The caterpillars have plenty of room to go on a walk-about and make their chrysalides. I use the same set-up for monarchs and other caterpillars. Some people only use black tulle, but I like color!
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