Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
In 2013, I saw a White M Hairstreak here in the yard on my canna leaves but since then nary a sighting Just now I saw a small butterfly on the rotten fruit but it was with 2 other butterflies so I couldn't ID with my bins. Out, I went and to my great surprise, it was a White M Hairstreak on the rotten fruit. These area a rarely seen butterfly here.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
|Tagged Monarch XBG592 coming through|
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
|Feeding on Tropical Milkweed during the morning|
The past few days have been the most incredible of my butterflying life. Back on 10/18, the butterfly numbers started to grown in my yard. I have had up to 18 species but the Monarch's started to come and have just increased in numbers every day. It has been amazing. I believe that there are more than 500 butterflies in my yard. Each evening the have been roosting on both my canna plants and in my Cherry tree. The light isn't good enough to get pictures in the Cherry tree but these are pictures of the canna's tonight before sunset as the Monarch were still getting set-up for the night.
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sunday, October 22, 2017
It was very interesting to go out this morning to see the roosts from last night. We had dew outside everywhere including on all of the butterflies. If you enlarge the pictures to full size you can see it easily on their wings. Not to mention having the Monarch's continue in great numbers here in the yard is incredible. I have never had this many at one time here since I started gardening.
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
|Always happy to see the return of the Long-tailed Skipper, a Southern migrant.|
|Another Southern migrant returned, an Ocola Skipper|
|This year is the best I have ever had in the yard for the Ocola Skippers.|
|Common Checkered Skipper, last seen here in 2015, is the 39th species for this yard for 2017. |
This makes it the highest yard total for since I began to monitor butterflies.
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Monday, October 2, 2017
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Those interested in Monarch Butterflies know that after they roost all night the morning sun warms them before the butterflies fly away. You'll see one or two monarch get warmed up and will move off the branches looking for another perch in the sun to continue warming up. At the Point, Seaside Goldenrod is a popular choice for migrating Monarch's. The colors always look so pretty. So this AM there were a number of other people over to watch the lift off of the Monarch's after a night of huddling together.