We have a new contributor – Nancy Collins, who is particularly interested in Tree Crickets (Oecanthinae).Â She contributed several great links – all on BugGuide:
Black-horned Tree Cricket
In most years this butterfly is fairly common in our part of Wisconsin, but in some years we see hundreds of caterpillars and butterflies.Â 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.Â In our July 21 butterfly count, we saw 134.Â 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.
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
Buffalo County, Wisconsin
I just put in a big group of MJs PDFs.Â Here are the new ones:
We also have a new contributor:Â Michael Cook.Â He raises silk moths and spins their silk.Â Â He contributed two Giant Silkmoth lifecycles: