Lots of BF Activity & ID Help Needed!

imabirdnutOctober 3, 2010

The weather is beautiful here in North Texas with highs in the low 80s...I even saw my first ever Texas Crescent yesterday!

I have Candlestick Trees & saw this huge sulphur hanging around them the last couple of days. It is much larger than my usual Cloudless Sulphurs.

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imabirdnut

Here is another BF that I'm not sure of the ID...the Tawny Emporer vs. Varigated Frittilary vs. Mexican Frittilary??? The sites I checked all look almost identical...can you help?

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    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 9:23AM
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runmede(7a Virginia)

"Here is another BF that I'm not sure of the ID...the Tawny Emporer vs. Varigated Frittilary vs. Mexican Frittilary??? The sites I checked all look almost identical...can you help?

Tawny Emperor

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 9:31AM
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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Your sulphur looks like an Orange-barred Sulphur or Phoebis philea. I had one of these in my yard two years ago. I love the coloring!

I concur with Runmede, your second butterfly is the Tawny Emperor or Asterocampa clyton. Do you have Hackberry trees? These lay their eggs in a "rack". I've included a link.

sandy

Here is a link that might be useful: Rack of Tawny Emperor Eggs

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 10:48AM
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bandjzmom(7 NWGeorgia)

Such wonderful photos! You must be a whiz with your camera! :o) I am guessing Tawny Emperor and for the sulphur...maybe Large Orange Sulphur..since you say it's much larger than the usual Cloudless.

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 10:57AM
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ladobe

Male top, female bottom.

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butterflymomok(7a NE OK)

Dear Imabirdnut,

I just noticed that when I viewed your photo again that your Orange-barred Sulphur left you a present. She was ovipositing on your Cassia! Find the eggs and you can raise them. How I would love to have some of these to raise! Have fun!!!

Sandy

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 7:09PM
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imabirdnut

Orange Barred Sulphur is what it is & a female...hopefully she laid some eggs for me on the Cassia Alatas.
Sandy, we do have Hackberries in our area & I have a ton of HEs as well right now attracted to the bowl of rotting fruit I have out!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2010 at 9:05PM
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