Miss Sherry you were correct!! -pics

siam_cannas(13)August 21, 2010

Hi, Miss Sherry, the caterpillars i found at the garden centre were actually the ruby spotted swallowtail. I collected a few brough them home and raised them in a cage. The first one eclosed today. here are the pics.

Siam.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bev2009(6 IN)

Lovely! I looked it up and the map I found-butterfliesandmoths.com- indicated it wasn't very widespread in the U.S. Is that correct?

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 6:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

It only occurs in extreme south Texas in the U.S., Bev, and only rarely and irregularly there.
It sure is beautiful, Siam! I wish we DID get them here!
Sherry

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 7:24PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
fighting8r(10 Fort Myers Florida)

Never doubt Miss Sherry!
Very nice pics.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 8:31PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

That is one gorgeous butterfly!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2010 at 9:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
siam_cannas(13)

another eclosed today, and i still have about 15 cats eating away at orange leaves.

This was around 6am, i saw the butterfly in the cage, drying his/her wings, so i took it out into the garden and placed it on plant to finish drying.

Miss Sherry i forgot to tell you, i found the plant omphalea diandra!!!! I found it growing along a countryside road, the fruits were on it so i was sure, i took cuttings :)

Siam.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 7:00AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
karyn1(7a)

Siam that's a beautiful swallowtail.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 9:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Fantastic, Siam!
Maybe you could take some seed pods when they're ripe, and try growing it from seed, since cuttings don't always work.
I don't know what your living arrangements are, but if you've got a yard you could have some type of citrus, plus omphalea and whatever plants host your favorite butterflies.
That swallowtail is so pretty!
Sherry

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 9:19AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bananasinohio(6OH)

Gorgeous! You are so lucky! Thanks for posting so we can see these lovelies!
Cheers,
Elisabeth

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 9:23AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
siam_cannas(13)

Hiii Karyn... thanks :)

Miss Sherry, yes i have a small yard/garden, and i have started collecting butterfly/ hummingbird nectar/ host plants.
Ive noticed the ruby spotted swallowtails that i released have been staying around because of the nectar sources especially the porterweed plants.
Siam.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 1:21PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
organic_kitten(8)

That is such a beautiful butterfly! Aren't you the lucky one and the smart one since you had the foresight and good sense to rescue the cats. and what a nice reward for your efforts. Beautiful winged "flowers".
kay

    Bookmark   August 22, 2010 at 1:35PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Urgent!
I am worried about my Cecropia cocoon because I went...
Jacob BergZone4b-5aMN
Host Plants by Butterfly species
Well, everything is new here. Will post this to see...
mary_littlerockar
Any one have Ptelea trifoliata?
Common name is wafer ash or hop tree. I would like...
Jacob BergZone4b-5aMN
Snow and ice,come on spring !
Snow and ice on the ground here in arkansas today,has...
arkpollinator
Monarch Caterpillars out of food!
I grow a few milkweeds for the monarch butterflies,...
SoFL Rose z10
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™