Pics from today

wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)September 11, 2011

Sandy - is this the wild indigo duskywing?

I think I mostly have the Horace's duskywing, but this one was lighter with spots like you mentioned before... so...

I think this is a red banded hairstreak. I've had two three or four at a time on the garlic chive blooms.

And I've had five monarchs eclose this week... two today. Here is one of them from this morning.


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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)


The first picture is a Horace Duskywing. Erynnis horatius has the white spot on the cell. Yours is a female which has a more "mottled" appearance than the male. The second one is definitely a Red Banded Hairstreak or Calycopis cecrops. They really like the Garlic Chives. I have them on mine too.

That's a beautiful male Monarch (Danaus plexippus). I released 8 last week and found more than 20 eggs today. The yard was full of mostly males patrolling and chasing each other away from the Tropical MW. I have a rather large stand of Curassavica since we haven't had many Monarchs this summer. And, so far, the eggs I've found haven't been on that mass of plants, but on other plants throughout the yard. Guess there's been too much protection! One thing I know is that I always use every bit of milkweed I have to feed the larvae that hatch this time of year.

It's exciting to finally see the Monarchs in numbers. I've talked to other people in our area that are also finding eggs. Hope we get a lot to raise and they make it to Mexico. We may be their best hope for nectar along the way.


    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 12:15AM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

I found eggs yesterday and more today so I'm hopeful. :-) I've really been enjoying watching them patrol the yard. So fun!


    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 9:28PM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Yes! It's our turn to raise the Monarchs. More eggs here today, too.


    Bookmark   September 12, 2011 at 9:59PM
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bob_71(z7 MD)

Really nice pictures, Laura, especially the Hairstreak!


    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 9:43AM
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misssherry(Z8/9SE MS)

Thanks for sharing, Laura - they're beautiful!

    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 10:28AM
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Gorgeous photos, Laura! I am seeing Monarchs here now, too. I found 1 egg! Just one, can you imagine? I hope to get more. I am still raising Tobacco Sphinx so I may have my hands full.

What kind of a cage is that you're using?


    Bookmark   September 13, 2011 at 11:16AM
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wifey2mikey(7a Tulsa, OK)

Susan, it's one my husband built for me. It was our first attempt at it and I'm asking for another one, but we'll modify the design.


    Bookmark   September 14, 2011 at 9:03PM
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