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Posts Tagged "lepidoptera"

Golden Goldenrod

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

Golden Goldenrod

When it comes to September and October we need all the goldenrod we can get for our butterflies, especially Monarchs. People tend to think anything they see flowering so late is ragweed, but let them know the gold is goldenrod and that ragweed stays mostly leafy...

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Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)

This Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia) was an unexpected shore surprise last month as I had it fluttering along the rocks just above the tidal zone. It was a cool and breezy day, and the butterfly was trying to warm up like this when it could in between short flights. It looked to be on a mission to somewhere, and I hope it got where it wanted to go. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch on Cosmos

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016

Monarch on Cosmos

I have taken so many photos of Monarch butterflies this year, but this very fresh and bold Monarch nectaring on a cosmos flower was a sensational contrast of colors on a cool September morning. I really am obsessed with them, and I’ll miss them as the last depart the region in several weeks. Here is hoping that winter population counts are strong this year. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch Butterfly Release

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

Monarch Butterfly Release

I raised a couple of Monarch caterpillars this August, something I had not done since I was a child. I collected them and ended up feeding them from my own supply of swamp milkweed leaves that went otherwise unused. While many pollinators visited to enjoy the nectar of the flowers, I did not note any Monarchs in the yard or find any eggs. A couple weeks ago I noticed each chrysalis was turning black not far apart from one another, and by late that morning they’d emerged. I released them onto my coneflowers after their wings dried, and one of the two females provided me a chance to...

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Robber Fly

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

Robber Fly

This is one of those “Man, I wish I got a better look or a better photo,” photos as a Robber Fly had captured lepidoptera prey. It was very cautious, and I lost it as it flew off right after this. What a predator! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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