Finally....eggs!

weed30July 29, 2012

I have been sad this year due to the dearth of Swallowtail eggs in my garden. I chalked it up to the crazy weather, and figured I'd get some this fall when it cooled down. Well between yesterday and today, I found about 30 eggs on my rue!!! They are safely inside, and I'm finally setting up the "big cage" this year. YAY!!!

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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Congratulations! I guess they're black swallowtail eggs?

Sherry

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 12:10AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I took Black Swallowtails for granted. They've been so common every year, I assumed they would always be plentiful, but they're somewhat rare in my garden this year. I have seven cats and one chrysalis right now and I had to look pretty hard to find them. Something must've happened to hurt their numbers. Maybe just the weird weather.
Glad you're helping them along Weed.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:58AM
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caterwallin

Congrats on your treasure find! I hope that they all do well for you.
Cathy

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 2:22PM
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weed30

misssherry - yes, black swallowtails. I hope to get some giant swallowtails too.

christie - I felt the same way, until this year! I'll never be "bored" with them again :)

caterwallin - thanks! I am adopting out a handful of them. My best friend has a 7yo granddaughter, and someone that works for me has 7yo and 8yo girls. I give them some each year.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 7:34PM
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tdogmom(9)

Hooray! This is such a cool feeling, isn't it? I'm with you�the weather has been so odd that it's hard to say what may or may not be available. :) Enjoy!

    Bookmark   July 31, 2012 at 9:48PM
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weed30

I will mention that I have had TONS of small butterflies on my dwarf butterfly bushes. I am embarrassed to say that I don't know what kind they are. I am thinking maybe Skippers. They have a yellow/gold look to them. I haven't really inspected one closely, because I'm hooked on Swallowtails and Monarchs. Oh no! Am I a Lepidoptera snob?!!

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 8:31PM
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