Sunday, September 17, 2017

My yard ~ FOY Butterflies ~ 34 species thus far in 2017!

Tawny Emperor Butterfly on rotten peaches on 9/11
Red-spotted Purple Butterfly on rotten peaches on 9/15
Viceroy Butterfly also on rotten peaches on 9/17

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

My Yard ~~ Mating Monarch's

Lots of mating going on in the Monarch world.  They are creating the generation that is supposed to migrate to their wintering grounds in Mexico. Pictures from the past few weeks.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Donation Quilts

5 more donation quilts finished and ready to be mailed to Wrap-A-Smile

Monday, September 4, 2017

My Yard ~ Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

I have had the pleasure of watching several Cloudless Sulphur go through their life cycle in my yard this year from mating, to egg-laying, to caterpillars feeding, and then turning into a chrysalis, to the final step of eclosing as a new butterfly.  So much to see and learn here at home in the gardens.

A Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar on partridge pea

Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillars on partridge pea

Cloudless Sulphur Caterpillar just went into a chrysalis.  You can still see the strip on the side.

Chrysalis day 5

Cloudless Sulphur eclosed

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Yard Butterfly #46 ~ Sleepy Orange

Excited to have another new species of butterfly in the yard.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Lancaster, PA ~ New Life Butterflies

A visit to Lancaster, PA allowed me to see 2 new life butterflies.
Here the Meadow Fritillary (new species) is facing off with a Red-banded Hairstreak.
Wild Indigo Duskywing (new species)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

My Yard ~ Selasphorus Hummingbird

Excited to have a probable Rufous Hummingbird back in the yard.  It's a Western migrant.

Monday, August 14, 2017

My Yard ~ Brazilian Skipper

First Brazilian Skipper seen in my yard since 2013.  It was not seen by
me at that time but by a friend. These skippers nectar and lay their eggs
on canna plants.  Here they are on a yellow canna in my yard.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

My Yard ~ Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

Cloudless Sulphur ovipositing!

And we have eggs!

And we have caterpillars!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Schroon Lake _ Common Loons

Common Loon 

Schroon Lake Panorama 

Monday, August 7, 2017