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Old 04-08-2012, 08:30 PM   #11
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Here is a pic of a Red Admiral sunning itself in my backyard this evening. Our daytime temps in Zone 4 have been in the 60s (very unusual for us!) and our evening temps dip into the 30s. I imagine this butterfly was warming itself up before the chilly night. It let me get SO close with my camera, I am very appreciative!
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:00 AM   #12
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Nice photo!!! I've definitely seen a few red admirals flitting around. Spring has sprung!!!
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:32 AM   #13
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We are swamped with butterflies everywhere. I haven't checked the Antelopehorn milkweed for grubs yet.
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Old 04-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #14
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John and I were at the Refuge yesterday and saw lots of sulfurs and some small little ones flitting around that we couldn't identify.

When we were driving home, we saw a Tiger Swallowtail!! In April in New Jersey! Does anyone think this is especially early? Last year we were seeing them in late May.
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Old 04-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #15
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John and I were at the Refuge yesterday and saw lots of sulfurs and some small little ones flitting around that we couldn't identify.

When we were driving home, we saw a Tiger Swallowtail!! In April in New Jersey! Does anyone think this is especially early? Last year we were seeing them in late May.
Swallowtails this early isn't that unusual. They over winter in a chrysalis and we get a short generation of them around now when their host plants leaf out. They quickly die after doing their thing and we get a major boom in their population sometime in either June, July, or August. After that any new chrysalises have a chance of over wintering instead of hatching.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:42 PM   #16
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I know that eastern black swallowtails overwinter in their chrysalis, but I haven't found any definite information that tiger swallowtails overwinter as well. That would definitely make sense, though.

I have 9 black swallowtail chrysalides right now...I hope they wait for a while to eclose!
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:54 AM   #17
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We've seen our first tiger swallowtails this week as well....
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:21 PM   #18
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The only butterflies we have so far this year are the little cabbage whites. They're flitting all over the place, though!
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Old 04-12-2012, 09:46 AM   #19
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Tiger Swallowtails definitely do overwinter! I've seen a black butterfly lately...may have been the black swallowtail!
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Old 04-15-2012, 07:21 PM   #20
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We shot a lot of butterfly photos today, I'm going to upload them in separate posts

~Butterfly & Moth Photos~ 2012-dsc_0093.jpg

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~Butterfly & Moth Photos~ 2012-dsc_0094.jpg

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