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Lots of BF Activity & ID Help Needed!

Posted by imabirdnut 7b North Texas (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 3, 10 at 0:20

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.

Here is a link that might be useful: Sulphur ID???


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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?

Here is a link that might be useful: BF ID?


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"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


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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


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Male top, female bottom.


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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.


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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


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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!


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