Great Butterfly Day!

bettyd_z7_va(7)August 17, 2011

I had a wonderful day in the garden yesterday.

I saw a tiny blue butterfly flitting around close to the ground and decided that I would get a picture.

After lots of time up and down on my hands and knees, chasing it all over the yard, I FINALLY caught the little flirt!

A cute little Eastern Tailed-Blue. I never thought I would manage to get a picture of such a tiny thing. It is hard enough to get pictures of the larger butterflies. I couldn't wait to show DH when he got home!

Also had a male Monarch visit my largest Butterfly Bush. I got some pictures, but none good enough to post. Had a female on it last week and found one egg on my Swamp Milkweed! Woo-Whoo!!

Then, I decided to check some of my smaller Sasafrass trees and found this....

Could it be....could it be... a cozy little Spicebush Swallowtail hide out?

If so, should I bring it in to protect it from predators?

If so, how do I care for it inside?

What a GREAT day!!

Things are picking up!

Betty

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mcronin(6/7swVA)

Betty,

Very good picture of your butterfly. YOU'RE LEARNING!!!

MIKE

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 8:09AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Great pictures, Betty, especially of the eastern tailed blue! They are SO hard to photograph!
The nest on the sassafras isn't a spicebush swallowtail. Whenever you see those 'sewn shut' nests, you know it's not, and, as I recall, those nests are made by plain little green cats, which undoubtedly make a plain brown moth.
It really looks like the cat basted the nest shut doesn't it?
Sherry

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 10:18AM
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bettyd_z7_va(7)

Thanks, Mike and Sherry. I remember Bob's beautiful photo of this little friend and decided I would chase it until I couldn't any more. I almost gave up a time ot two, but I'm glad I kept at it.

My friend talked me through the cropping process on the phone! I learned a lot.

I'm disappointed about my sewn shut leaf, though.

Oh well, can't win them all.

Betty

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 11:47AM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Exceptional photos, Betty!

Bob

    Bookmark   August 17, 2011 at 11:56AM
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bettyd_z7_va(7)

Thanks Bob,

I still have A LOT to learn, but I'm having fun and meeting new 'little friends'.

Betty

    Bookmark   August 19, 2011 at 1:30AM
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