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Old 01-07-2012, 01:15 AM   #1
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:44 PM   #2
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A friend of mine lives in Cape May County and sent me an email this week. She had photos of two mourning cloak butterflies that she found overwintering in her shed!

I have never seen them do this, so I was blown away! Any of you ever witness this phenomena?
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:51 PM   #3
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A friend of mine lives in Cape May County and sent me an email this week. She had photos of two mourning cloak butterflies that she found overwintering in her shed!

I have never seen them do this, so I was blown away! Any of you ever witness this phenomena?
Great to see you posting again, bridget. Great photos--the first of the new year.

This is new to me, but I know very little about the habits of most species of butterflies--mostly I know a few things about monarchs...and I'm sure you could share multiple things about them that would still be new to me.
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Old 01-12-2012, 01:09 AM   #4
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Have known the mourning cloak to over winter in wood piles so an unheated shed would be about the same, out of the wind and sun to moderate temperature . Just a couple of weeks ago I posted that I had disturbed a mourning cloak in our garden. It has been so unusually warm so what do the adults do? Delay going into hibernation or drift in and out of hibernation? I wonder if the antifreeze solution wears off at warmer temperatures and how quickly the mourning cloak can react to weather changes. What seems even more odd is that it spends time in a similar state during the warmer summer moths. So many questions...lol
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Here's the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars that I found. They are growing so FAST! They were little things about a quarter inch at most when I found them.
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Ooooo Those are neat looking. They remind me of the dobsonfly larvae in a quirky way.
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Here's the Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars that I found. They are growing so FAST! They were little things about a quarter inch at most when I found them.
Cute little buggers.
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The Monarch caterpillars are getting large enough to really do more serious eating.
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I saw my first monarch today! The swamp milkweed is just emerging, hope it fills out quickly.
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I hope so too! I have enough milkweed for the cats I have. I'm raising some on Antelope Horns and some on Mexican Milkweed.
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