A new species to raise

butterflymomok(7a NE OK)April 29, 2013

I went out today to my favorite "away" butterfly location, about an hour from home. Got to see lots of butterflies, which was an upper since I've seen very few at home. One butterfly that was in abundance was the Falcate Orangetip. I watched a female laying an egg on one of the common weeds--I think it was Peppergrass--will need to check it out. I picked the weed and several around it and brought them home. The egg resembles a Sleepy Orange egg. I will see if I can get the camera set up and get a photo tomorrow with some natural light. I can release this butterfly down at Butterfly Acres, as I've seen the FAORs there in the woods. My first lep egg of the season!

Sandy

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susanlynne48(OKC7a)

Congrats, Sandy! I don't see these often, but they're soooooo pretty!

Susan

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 9:46PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

How wonderful, Sandy! I only see falcate orangetips in pictures, and they're certainly beautiful little butterflies!

Keep us posted, with pictures, especially!

Sherry

    Bookmark   April 29, 2013 at 10:48PM
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bernergrrl(z5 IL)

Beautiful find! Have fun with your new caterpillar ro raise!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:18PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Thanks! This evening I found two caterpillars on the plants! I hadn't been able to find the egg again, so I'm excited to have the caterpillars. They look similar to the Dainty Sulphur caterpillars. I hope to get a photo tomorrow when light is better.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 7:08PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Here is the photo. Today one of the larva escaped in the kitchen so I "caged" the other. It is crawling all over the tomato cage looking for a way out. So it is time to pupate. From what I've read, these will go into diapause until next spring/late winter.

Here is a link that might be useful: Falcate Orangetip Larva

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 9:06PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Fantastic picture, Sandy! I'm SO jealous!! :)

Sherry

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 6:09PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Thanks, Sherry. The larva has made the change to pupa this afternoon while I was out working at the acreage. It's very different looking. I'll post a photo on Pbase tomorrow.

Sandy

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 7:22PM
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