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New one for me this year

Posted by dr.liz 7 NJ (My Page) on
Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 19:03

A buckeye. Sorry, I know it's not the best photo. I only had my phone camera. Spotted on the grass near the local butterfly garden at the park.

The park is less than 5 miles from my home. Any chance of me getting one of these in my own butterfly garden? (When I have one.)
Liz


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RE: New one for me this year

You might, Liz, but I can't remember when I've ever seen them nectaring on flowers. Maybe they like rotting fruit? I quit putting it out, because all I ever got was flies!
Somebody should know.

Sherry

P.S. I looked through my picture list, and the only picture I've got of a buckeye on a flower is a mist flower -

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Mistflower/wild ageratum/Conoclinium coelistinum is a wildflower that grows everywhere around here. I pull it up all the time, don't think I really appreciate it, but I should, because butterflies all like it.

This post was edited by misssherry on Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 19:21


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RE: New one for me this year

It took me several years to see any buckeyes here. At first I only saw one but eventually they came in numbers and I had at least a dozen of them here. I haven't seen any this year though. When they are here, they love nectaring on the Verbena bonariensis.
Cathy


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RE: New one for me this year

Wow! Even the chrysalides have spots!

Supposedly they like members of the snapdragon family as host plants. Has anyone had luck enticing them with these?

Liz

Here is a link that might be useful: Buckeye chrysalis


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RE: New one for me this year

Check out this recent thread about buckeyes, Liz.

Sherry

Here is a link that might be useful: Recent Buckeye Thread


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RE: New one for me this year

Congrats on the Buckeye Liz! I just love them, and I have not seen one at all yet this year. They do nectar on flowers here. I wouldn't see why you couldn't have a chance at one in your garden! Good luck!
Angie


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RE: New one for me this year

Butter-and-Eggs, or Toadflax is supposed to work. Plantains are a host as well.
Buckeyes love sunny area where they can bask. They also like to "puddle" at damp sites in the garden. They seem to really like Ageratum as a nectar source.


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