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Old 03-18-2012, 01:48 PM   #1
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Today, in a very small strip of woods behind my house, in a very densely populated area, I saw my first ever (that I know of) mourning cloak butterfly (actually two of them)! I know they are among the first to venture out each spring, but it still seems kind of early, although obviously the weather is more along the lines of mid-April than mid-March.

I was amazed that such a beautiful thing could be where I found it, among the sprawl, and I looked and felt like a kid in a candy store once I realized what it was. It's quite encouraging to know that these species are still here, waiting for the help they need (by way of me creating my native habitat). It's nice to know that what I do will help, even here where it so often seems to be barren of wildlife.

I have been birdwatching for years, and I have just recently started caring about butterflies in the same way. It's refreshing to get that "lifer" feeling again, and now I get to do so with SO many new species!

I just wanted to share, because I know there are people here who understand that feeling, and don't think I'm a total dork for caring about a butterfly
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:27 PM   #2
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. . . don't think I'm a total dork for caring about a butterfly
Are you kidding??? That's awesome!!! I feel the same way when I see creatures and plants emerging. It's such a good feeling knowing that every small gesture we make in our own fragment of the world toward helping wildlife is doing some good.

Woohoo!!!
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:55 PM   #4
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Yea! I was excited when I saw my first Mourning Cloaks last year too! Trying to spot and ID butterflies is great fun and can be done when birding too!
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:49 PM   #5
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I found a few flying around the house today. They were surprisingly unafraid of the camera, which is unusual for this butterfly as normally they fly off in a panic before you realize they're not just dead leaves on the ground.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:58 PM   #6
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I just wanted to share, because I know there are people here who understand that feeling, and don't think I'm a total dork for caring about a butterfly
You are definitely in the right place to share the news!

Sad that people should think negatively about anyone caring about another living thing.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 03-18-2012, 05:58 PM   #7
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Looks like the 2 in the first three pic were a little to preoccupied to be afraid of the camera I think there is another thread for that sort of thing
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Looks like the 2 in the first three pic were a little to preoccupied to be afraid of the camera I think there is another thread for that sort of thing
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:15 PM   #9
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I found a few flying around the house today. They were surprisingly unafraid of the camera, which is unusual for this butterfly as normally they fly off in a panic before you realize they're not just dead leaves on the ground.
Great shots, Ants!
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disuhan> I happen to prefer nerds, geeks, dweebs, and dorks!!! It's why I post here instead of somewhere else. I don't stand out like a sore thumb!!!
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MrAnts> Last photo's EXCELLENT!!!! BTW.... you posted a link to an article last year of ants filling up on dyed sugar water. It works. Me and my son did it using green food coloring and by gosh by golly.... they gorged on the sugar water and we could see their swollen abdomens. Had to use a magnifying glass to see them "color up" but color up is what they did. We're gonna try it again this year. We'd like to get some photos. The photos we took didn't turn out through the magnifying glass.
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