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Old 07-12-2019, 05:10 PM   #31
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Ok, the head groundskeeper is outside hunting down Monarch eggs.
He watch the Mom to this egg - lay her egg, then he snipped the leaf...
it’s now going into the butterfly house.

He asked me to circle the egg so that he could watch it.
Above the coin - what are the other white deposits?
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Old 07-12-2019, 05:46 PM   #32
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The mourning cloak butterflies ( Nymphalis antiopa) are named ‘mourning cloak butterflies’
because they closely resemble a widows mourning cloak.
They are the first butterflies that arrive in early spring.
The problem is the males are very territorial.
They mate with multiple females in a mating season...so don’t dare
invade their territory.
I told my stubborn head groundskeeper to keep his distance from them!

Of course, he never listens to me and it was hilarious seeing the butterfly chase
him around the yard dive bombing his head. The first time I saw them do
this - I sent out our head of security, our Beagle for backup. Then the beagle
was being attacked and chased around. The two them were a sight to see,
running, and ducking, the two legged victim was running with arms flaring,
and the four leggard victim was running full speed ahead with his head
looking back and howling! Nobody Listens to me!

They both flew into the house with a mug full of embarrassment!


They are both gorgeous and aggressive, the mourning butterfly, that is!

You can read about it here and see how beautiful they are...
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymphalis_antiopa
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Above the coin - what are the other white deposits?
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Took this about 2 hours ago...the caterpillar crawled up to the top
of the butterfly house...Since then he went even higher to the very top.



He’s now ready to attach his nose and hang down to form the chrysalis.
It’s so amazing.

Here’s a video of the caterpillar to chrysalis.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/video...sigi=12o96va2j
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Here's a short video of one that visits my verbena plant many times daily. Pretty cool to watch. I have another flower nearby that was labeled New Zealand impatien but looks like a regular pansy. The butterflies greatly favor the verbena.

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Or is this a swallowtail? I am not a butterfly expert. [obviously!]

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Here's a short video of one that visits my verbena plant many times daily. Pretty cool to watch. I have another flower nearby that was labeled New Zealand impatien but looks like a regular pansy. The butterflies greatly favor the verbena.

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Yes, I think it was a swallowtail. Awesome video.

The blossoms are gone from our milkweed...so the Monarchs
that eat the flowers are just doing a fly through. But, the females
are still laying their eggs. This morning, more eggs went into the
butterfly house.
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@raylo32 , that butterfly looks like an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus. It's just like the Western Tiger Swallowtails we have out here, except for a little distinguishing mark I forget what it is right now.

Lepidoptera contributed to many magical moments of my youth, and a few in adulthood, too.
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Yes, agree swallowtail. I have a pair of them flitting about every day lately. Today one of a darker color. Maybe the same ones but changing colors?

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Yes, agree swallowtail. I have a pair of them flitting about every day lately. Today one of a darker color. Maybe the same ones but changing colors?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG3f...ature=youtu.be
The dark one is a darker female. That butterfly species has different color phases, like many do.

Gonna start a general butterfly thread!
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The monarch hatchery.

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The monarch hatchery.

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Fantastic, Joed...
If i show this to the head groundskeeper he’ll be building a bigger
habitat next year. Seriously.

They are still laying eggs that he’s
collecting everyday.

our modest habitat.
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The monarch hatchery.

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Nice habitat Joed.


This is the missus' set up in our kitchen. No live plants so she gathers nearby leaves. She likes to be 'hands on'. Eggs and newborns start out in the dollar store plastic wine glasses. As they grow they get transferred to the clear 'terrarium' boxes. They get to share if they are roughly the same size.

We released the last of our previous generation last week and what we are gathering now will likely be this season's final generation.


Our daughter lives about three hours north. In spite of her talking to the township works dept., she came home to find her roadside patches of milkweeds had been mowed. She went out and went through the debris and found about 30 eggs. She has better luck with eggs than we do.
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That's an impressive laboratory. Are those covers made from pink tights/nylons? Smart.
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