Archive for the ‘Butterflies’ Category

Eastern Tailed Blue – Everes comyntas

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

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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:

Leafhopper
http://bugguide.net/node/view/196362

Black-horned Tree Cricket
http://bugguide.net/node/view/232878

Plant Bug
http://bugguide.net/node/view/185531

Viceroy
http://bugguide.net/node/view/182659

Red-spotted Purple
http://bugguide.net/node/view/194236

Marcie

Baltimore Checkerspot – Euphydryas phaeton

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

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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

Monarch – Danaus plexippus

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

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American Lady – Vanessa virginiensis

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

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Black Swallowtail – Papilio polyxenes

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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Giant Swallowtail – Papilio cresphontes

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

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