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Old 05-20-2013, 08:56 PM   #31
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Is it really that simple to raise a butterfly? How do you keep yours moist at all times?

That's a very nice looking frog you have too.

After the butterflies lay their eggs on the milkweed, pick the leaves
and put them into a big jar...we used a 5 gallon water jug jar and also
that wooden case that a big candle came in (we removed the candle)

Then put a piece of screen on top with a rubber band and just sprinkle
some water in every day or every other day as needed. They love it moist.
They'll eat the leaves -- as the leaves get eaten dump more in...
After they turn into crystillas they'll hang from the top and then they'll
turn into butterflies, then you release then and you'll be in butterfly world.
The first 0ne is the candle holder 'nursery.'
the second one is the water jug.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #32
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Thanks for the information. I may give this a try sometime. They make excellent photo subjects, as you have shown.
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This is Budweiser as a tadpole...We gave his buddy to our son
for his pond. We raised him up in an aquarium until he was big enough
to go into the pond.
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Little tourist from 9-9-11...as you can see they remain somewhat tame.
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:11 PM   #35
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I know this thread is about nature in the back yard, but here's a few photos from a local duck pond a couple years ago. I used to go out there and feed the ducks 3-4 times a week with some feed that I got from a feed store nearby. The ducks got so familiar with me, that some would let me pet them, and most of them would come running towards me as soon as I got out of my car.


This one got lost from the pack and was cheeping away. Cheep! Cheep! Cheep! After I shot the photo, I lured it back to the pack by throwing little pieces of feed about a foot ahead of it, one at a time.


This one told me that I was getting too close.


This duck hatched in 2007. We kept up with it, and watched it grow up. It is still there. We named it Pepper.


...and another Muscovy.
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This is Budweiser as a tadpole...We gave his buddy to our son
for his pond. We raised him up in an aquarium until he was big enough
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Awesome. How large is your pond? Does he ever leave the pond on his own, or does he always stay with it? Is this the same pond as the Koi?
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Oh my, that first shot is adorable. I love it. He so sweet.
You should make generic greeting card out of that photo.

We have a DIY pond shaped like an irregular shaped
horseshoe and we have a biological pond (18 feet away)
that is 200 gallons. Budweiser is in the bio pond, perhaps this season
he'll wander into the main pond. The koi are 15 and 16 years old...
and between 18 to 24" long. So he may run right back to the little pond
after seeing the monster koi!

This couple landed into our pond one day in 2003 after sitting up on
our Pergola discussing what a prime piece of real estate they just discovered. It was so cute, too bad that I had to send the hound out to chase them away. (they could pollute a pond in a day or so)

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Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.
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Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

Startingover, Be careful what you ask for, between rockstarr and me,
we have thousands and thousands of photos.

This is our frog Mike...he was hand tamed and would beg for the worms
that we tossed to the fish...The head knot said he would shake his head and front legs back
and forth to get his attention when he was doling out worms to the fish; he said that he
was saying, "hey Cliff, I'm over here!"

This pic is from 2003 after he caught and
ate a bird pondside. He was so full and fat that I rolled him around with a stick.
The next day we relocated him to the lake.

the wings are sticking out of his mouth...



This is the last pic of fat Mikey, taken before he was dumped into a pail
for relocation.
You know what they say, "give a frog a worm and he'll want a bird!"


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Crazy that he ate a bird, and even more surprising that he actually caught the bird!
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My wife in particular loves wrens, so we have a house for them in the front yard, and a few years ago, with some material left over from a flashing project, I even outfitted it with a copper roof. Most evenings, we sit down on the porch for a bit, and she keeps watch, but no wrens at the house yet this year. Last evening, I noticed the reason, when a chipmunk stuck its' head out of the hole. And not just any chipmunk. This was the most disfigured chipmunk that I have seen, its head and neck were not right, its' color was not right, and its' eyes were too large, not to mention that we have dozens of chipmunks around, and I have never seen one nest above ground. But, what else could it be. So, off she goes for her step ladder, to see if there are young in the nest, and if not, would have dislodged it. The big one scampered out quickly, and disappeared up the locust tree as she set the ladder up. I saw it, but only for a moment, and was certain that it was sick, as it looked even worse once it was out of the hole. Just as she opened the side of the house, and peeked inside at was at least one young one, the mom chattered a bit, so we both looked. A flying squirrel! I've seen many of them, but always fairly deep in the woods, and always at night (usually while snipe hunting!). So, that explained why the darn thing looked so odd, and, needless to say, the side was carefully closed on the house, and we will try not to disturb Rocky any more. You never know what you might find lurking around the yard.
Outside?!? We found one running around our living room Christmas night a few years ago. It was lucky we saw and caught it before the dogs noticed it.

It was so cold that winter we kept it in a hamster cage. It would take grapes from my hand. Then in March, when it started to warm up, we set him free.

They are soooo cute! I know they are out there, but I haven't seen any since.
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Is that photo indoors?
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Amazing..you guys and your cameras are amazing...
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A frog CAUGHT a bird and ate it? Wait till I tell my bird friends. A cousin, in Ohio, had koi but said a mink got them.

These are the best koi shots I've seen. Their fins are so graceful. Very lovely.

This is a wax myrtle, sitting by the house, which I grabbed to plant. The mockingbirds started screaming and I couldn't figure out why. Then I noticed the fledgling sitting in the shrub.

Most of the migrating birds are extra shy so I can't get good shots. The birds are an ever fascinating source of entertainment. There's a little downey woodpecker which lands on top of a sheppard's hook then slides down level to the feeder and hops over. It looks like it's on a stripper pole.

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Is that photo indoors?
Yeah, its in my bathroom. This ain't a brick house, its a BRICK house. I'd let him have the run of it once a week while I cleaned his cage.
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