Finally Atala's!

msomallySeptember 30, 2012

I planted my Coontie 2 years ago and FINALLY got my wish!

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msomally

A few more pics!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 1:09AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Congrats! Are you in Florida?
I had to read up on Atalas and it said they were once thought to be extinct. It's great that you're planting Coontie and raising them.
I also read that the caterpillars tend to be cannibalistic. Thought I'd warn you in case you didn't know that already.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 8:25AM
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imabirdnut

That's great!!! They are so beautiful!
Here is an article that I just read! Glad to see you are helping them as well!

Take care,
Lila

Here is a link that might be useful: Atala Butterflies Come Back

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 10:11AM
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msomally

Yes I am in Stuart, FL and I was so thrilled when I spotted my first Atala fluttering around my Coontie after planting them two years ago! 5 of the cats survived to be beautiful butterflies. Thanks Christie I did not no they were cannibalistic! I thought it might have been the Great Crested Flycatchers that were hanging around. I did not want to intervene not wanting to disturb them but if I am lucky enough to get them again I may try to use my hubbys soft bait well. It looks like an oversized cat hut! Thanks for the link Lila! Had a beautiful Zebra Longwing laying a mess of eggs on my Passionvine this week as well! I am so in awe of nature!!!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 11:16AM
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msomally

Brand new wings!

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 11:19AM
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msomally

One more

    Bookmark   September 30, 2012 at 11:23AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Gasp! How fantastic! They're beyond gorgeous!

Thank you SO much for planting for them!

Sherry

    Bookmark   October 2, 2012 at 12:24PM
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