Spicebush Swallowtail and Red-Spotted Purples Emerge

misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)June 8, 2014

My first spicebush swallowtail of the 2014 season emerged this morning. I tried to get his picture while he was still in the cage, but he was real anxious to leave and flew out before I could take it. I saw him a few minutes later looking for some sun amongst the leaves -

There are still about a dozen chrysalides in the cages, with two late instar cats yet to pupate, so I should be releasing them for a while.

My third red-spotted purple had emerged and was flying frantically around the cage when I went out to the porch the first time this morning. She was huge and had more than the usual number of red spots on the end of her forewing, looking like the one from last year that so impressed me. I assume she's a she because of her size, but i suppose it's possible these extra-spot RSPs are just bigger, I don't know. I got her picture -

I've released two red-spotted purples already, the first one smallish, probably a male, the next one bigger, maybe a male, maybe a female, but both only having two red spots. One of them was flying around the porch yesterday. I have an idea I'll be finding RSP eggs/cats pretty soon!


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    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 1:54PM
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I am loving the rich saturated colors in your picts (as usual)

I have been seeing Red-Spotted Purples,but no Spicebush
Yet for the Summer brood.
My husband saw a new Tiger Swallowtail out 2 days ago
On the compost pile behind the potting shed.


    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 6:05PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Thanks, y'all! I love taking their pictures and posting them!

I counted my spicebush swallowtail chrysalides, and there are 14 more to go!


    Bookmark   June 8, 2014 at 8:09PM
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gyr_falcon(Sunset 23 USDA 9)

So beautiful! Another butterfly I only get to see while traveling. Allow me a few minutes to get over my range envy... ;-)

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 4:58AM
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So pretty! I hope to have RSPs someday!

    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 7:05AM
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Fabulous pix!
RSPs are my favorite butterfly up here, next to the Monarch.


    Bookmark   June 9, 2014 at 9:56AM
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    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:58AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

This morning three spicebush swallowtails have emerged, two females and one male!

Spicebush Swallowtails

Males - 2
Females - 2

I'll edit this post as things change.


    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 9:48AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

It rained most of all day yesterday, so the three that emerged yesterday stayed in the cage. I released them this morning.

Here's one of the females -


    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:47AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

The last of the five red-spotted purples emerged this morning, and I just recently released her. This was another big one, so I'm pretty sure she was a female, but she didn't have any more than the usual number of red spots on her forewing, topside.

Another spicebush swallowtail has emerged, but she's still in the cage, since she only recently emerged.

The spicebush swallowtail count -

Females - 3
Males - 2

I found two little spicebush cats. I couldn't imagine where they came from, but then I saw a VERY scraggly, old female spicebush swallowtail laying eggs on the sassafras in the garden. I don't know how this poor thing managed to fly, but she's leaving her legacy for when's she's gone. I brought the two little cats in to raise. I also found a late instar cat that I missed. It's just as big as the two remaining big cats - I sure hope it's not parasitized.
Anyway, I brought it in, too.

My first palamedes swallowtail of the year emerged this morning, and I just released her. She's BIG and has the red smudge on her inner hindwings, also the blue spots, so I'm pretty certain she's a female -


    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 4:34PM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Males - 4

Females - 7


This post was edited by misssherry on Sat, Jun 21, 14 at 14:34

    Bookmark   June 14, 2014 at 6:28PM
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