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Old 02-27-2011, 11:15 PM   #11
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No, no...I meant the arachnid was eating the butterfly...but the other post was about an insect that eats arachnids.
Ahhhhh Now I get you. The two of you are speaking about two opposites.
I didn't THINK butterflies ate spiders. I asked father about that just this eve and he said all he's recalled seeing were the tiny blue butterflies gathering and eating upon snake roadkills. I have seen the yellow swallowtails slurping from fish scale filled Fox scat a few times so perhaps there are butterflies that are insectivores...Maybe Suunto could tell us if they've any other odd eating habits?
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Purple Emperors eat dung, urine and animal carcasses.
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Old 02-28-2011, 04:58 PM   #13
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... perhaps there are butterflies that are insectivores...Maybe Suunto could tell us if they've any other odd eating habits?
I just finished reading Douglas Tallamy's Bringing Nature Home, and, among other things, I learned about a the harvester butterfly. It was a little unclear (at least to me) about this insectivorous butterfly--I assumed it was the caterpillar that at on the aphids as described in the book...after an online search, I see that I was right to assume it was the caterpillar. (*Maybe* it is stated in the book, remember my reputation for not always reading carefully!)

harvester butterfly - Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius)

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The larvae of the small, uncommon harvester butterfly, Feniseca tarquinius (Fabricius), are the only strictly carnivorous butterfly caterpillars in the United States.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:39 PM   #14
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These were the two (slurpers) I was referring to....
Archnid Eating an Insect-dscf6283.jpg
EWE!
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The blue is however on a flower instead of the squashed snakes like I had mentioned.
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The more observations people make the more unusual eating habits are revealed.

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The blue is however on a flower instead of the squashed snakes like I had mentioned.
Great picture...could the flower be a marsh marigold by any chance?
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Maybe suunto can give me an ID...or two.
The spider is a jumping spider (family Salticidae); they often overpower prey larger than themselves. The butterfly is in the family Nymphalidae, but I hesitate to attempt a more specific identification.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:48 AM   #17
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Thank you for the IDs, suunto.

I'd like to create a list of species that I've spotted visiting or living in our developing habitat. I'm not doing a very good job of it...so, I'd better add these to the list *now*.

Thanks again.
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Old 03-01-2011, 11:07 AM   #18
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The more observations people make the more unusual eating habits are revealed.
Great picture...could the flower be a marsh marigold by any chance?
Archnid Eating an Insect-dscf5386.jpg
By Golly, I think you've nailed it right on the head!
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By Golly, I think you've nailed it right on the head!
Cool. It is one of my (*many*) favorites. (I could never choose just one.)
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Archnid Eating an Insect-dscf5542.jpg
I like those too.
Archnid Eating an Insect-dscf5354.jpg
Soooo bright and cheery!
Archnid Eating an Insect-dscf5353.jpg
Especially in a grouping.

I've always wanted a bog garden....
Why didn't I create one around the new pond I just put in!

That may be something to think about when you create YOUR pond... A marginal wetland surrounding part of it!
It's easy enough to do. Just dig out a shallow area, line it with a good size chunk of waterproof liner and back fill with some nice peaty soil.
I wished I would have remembered about myself wanting and creating one sooner....The area around my pond is already fully planted as of last fall!
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