Sunday, October 30, 2016
|Painted Lady Butterfly|
|Painted Lady Butterfly|
|Red Admiral Butterfly|
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Butterfly numbers and species have been good the past month with many days of sunshine and warmth but soon that will all change as we go into November and colder weather. So today was exciting when a new butterfly was found nectaring on zinnia's in the yard in the afternoon. Even more exciting was finding out it's very rare in Cape May County being seen only once in the last 18 years. It is more commonly seen on other counties in NJ. My yard had a total of 12 species. Also exciting was another fresh Long-tailed Skipper in the yard. For the year we've had 33 species for this season.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Friday, October 21, 2016
Since returning from my Western trip I haven't had much time to do any piecing but have managed to pull out 4 kits and sew them together. Yard work and butterflies are taking up lots of time. These are quilts #26 to #29. Now to get them quilted sometime soon.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
For about the past 2 weeks Roger & Judy H have been tagging Monarch Butterflies in our yard. Today there was a definite increase in Monarchs. While I was outside getting pictures f the butterflies Roger stopped by. He was able to tag 25 Monarchs in a very short period of time ~ about one every 2-3 minutes. Then he was out of tags for this year. So total tagged here in the yard was 49 Monarch butterflies. Today was the highest number for this year with 32 monarchs counted. We still have some caterpillars on both Tropical and Swamp milkweed. I counted 20 chrysalis that I could see and I am sure there are lots more hidden in the gardens. We also have been having Monarchs enclose almost every day now. Time for them to move south to Mexico for the winter.
|Monarch chrysalis overhang steps|
|Enclosed Monarch pumping up wings|
|Monarch tagged in our yard|
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
|Common Buckeye Butterfly - Rosa Form|
|Pearl Crescent Butterfly|
|Black Swallowtail Butterfly|
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
|Continuing Long-tailed Skipper|
|Ratty Monarch but still flying|
|Monarch Caterpillars & Chrysalis|
This Downy woodpecker was being very industrious digging out a hole in the tree. I watched him a while before taking pictures. Last picture he was checking out the click of my camera before flying away for a while.