Archive for the ‘Lepidoptera’ Category

Eastern Tailed Blue – Everes comyntas

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009


White-Lined Sphinx Moth – Hyles lineata

Sunday, March 15th, 2009


New Links!

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

We have a new contributor - Nancy Collins, who is particularly interested in Tree Crickets (Oecanthinae).  She contributed several great links - all on BugGuide:


Black-horned Tree Cricket

Plant Bug


Red-spotted Purple


Baltimore Checkerspot – Euphydryas phaeton

Saturday, February 28th, 2009


Milbert’s Tortoiseshell – Aglais milberti

Friday, February 27th, 2009

In most years this butterfly is fairly common in our part of Wisconsin, but in some years we see hundreds of caterpillars and butterflies.  The caterpillars eat stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), and in peak years the caterpillars can completely decimate the leaves on our nettle plants.

2005 was one of those peak years.  In our July 21 butterfly count, we saw 134.  We would have counted even more if we had walked the driveway earlier in the day, before the sun got too hot.

Caterpillars feed in groups, on top of nettle leaves.

The chrysalis has a beautiful gold sheen.

Adult butterflies

Nectaring on Common Milkweed

And basking on the driveway - where I most often see them.

Butterflies on the driveway - Milbert's Tortoiseshells along with Red Admiral and Compton Tortoiseshell

Marcie O'Connor
Buffalo County, Wisconsin

New Life Cycles

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

I just put in a big group of MJs PDFs.  Here are the new ones:

Laurel Sphinx

Carolina Sphinx

White Dotted Prominent

Giant Swallowtail

Horned Spanworm Moth

Henry's Marsh Moth

Zebra Caterpillar Moth

Leadplant Moth

Painted Lady

Common Fungus Moth

Darker-Spotted Straw Moth

We also have a new contributor:  Michael Cook.  He raises silk moths and spins their silk.   He contributed two Giant Silkmoth lifecycles:

Calleta Silkmoth



Cecropia – Hyalophora cecropia

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


Monarch – Danaus plexippus

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009


American Lady – Vanessa virginiensis

Saturday, February 21st, 2009


Black Swallowtail – Papilio polyxenes

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009