Throwdown – Butterflies

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    • #418704

      Inspired by the images of Dave Watkins, Tersha and others.

      Monarch:

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    • #418705
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Well this is fortuitous. It just so happens that this Monarch came out of chrysalis at noon today. The chrysalis is jade green until the final hours when it changes to being nearly transparent.

      Chrysalis in change

      chrysalis_6.jpg

      Immediately after emerging

      Monarch_side_1-2.jpg

      After an hour or so of drying it’s wings.

      Monarch_top_2.jpg

      I left the room for 10 minutes and missed it emerging. I’ll have to try again tomorrow as there’s another chrysalis starting to change.

      • #418710

        What an amazing thing to witness Rob. Great set of images.

         

      • #418741
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Great series Rob. Would love to see that in person. As beautiful as they are the name Monarch fits them well. Looking forward to seeing more of these from you.

      • #418764
        Dahlia Ambrose
        Keymaster

        Wow! Thank you for sharing this Rob. Amazing to look at the transformation πŸ™‚

    • #418706
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Nice capture David. (this should be up under David’s post…hmmm)

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    • #418711

      Blue tiger:

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      • #418742
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Another beautiful butterfly that is not around here. Nice shot.

      • #418765
        Dahlia Ambrose
        Keymaster

        Gorgeous colours and mood. Love it David πŸ™‚

    • #418723
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      An oldie;

    • #418740
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Like Rob this reply to David’s first post shows up at the bottom.

      Beautiful shot. I wish we had Monarchs in our area.

    • #418745
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Two pics of a Painted Lady from yesterday.

      • #418767
        Dahlia Ambrose
        Keymaster

        Love these Dave. Very beautiful πŸ™‚

        • #418783
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Dahlia. This one obviously fresher than the one I posted with the yellow background. She/he has been around for a few days now. Never leaves that Tall Verbena.

    • #418746
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

    • #418771

      Orchard swallowtail (female)

      PC220055

      PC220060

       

      • #418779
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        That’s a beautiful one David. We don’t have those here. Very interesting.

      • #418780
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Wow! Fantastic shots David. I don’t see flowers so not after nectar. Do you know if that’s a host plant it’s on? Maybe laying eggs?

        • #418794

          You got it Dave – laying eggs. These butterflies lay their eggs on citrus plants, the hatching caterpillars (known as bird-poo caterpillars – see below) feed on the citrus leaves. They are often considered a pest, but we welcome them in our garden.

          Early instar caterpillar:

          DSC04648

          Later instar caterpillar:

          caterpillar

           

      • #418793
        LeanneC
        Participant

        I love the second image, David! Such a cool perspective.

      • #419978
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Awesome close-up David!

        @dchester1001

    • #418781
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      I’ve been raising Monarchs along with others in the Windsor/Essex County area of southern Ontario. We’re doing this in the hopes of raising the numbers in the wild. They only lay eggs on the milkweed plant. This is the only food the caterpillars will eat and a lot of milkweed has been destroyed over the years. Raising the caterpillars indoors keeps them away from predators which increases the surviving percentage.

      This Monarch emerged from its chrysalis around noon today. The sequence shown here takes less than a minute. At this point the wings have not yet been inflated.

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      • #418784
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Love it! Great job Rob. Tomorrow we’re driving down to Brookings for a Western Monarch festival on Saturday. And coincidentally they’ve had a bit of a Monarch population explosion there recently.

        Update: No Monarchs have showed up to take advantage of the Milkweed we planted last spring. πŸ™‚ Other pollinators are using it though. We only planted eight. Four Showy and four Narrowleaf. But they’ve already tripled that number on their own.

      • #418842
        Patrick
        Participant

        Jaw droppingly gorgeous work Rob , thanks for posting.

    • #418786
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      My trucks bumper.

    • #418795
      LeanneC
      Participant

      I am enjoying viewing this throwdown. Sadly, we don’t get Monarchs where we live. However, we had a surprise in our curly willow this spring, in the form of some odd looking caterpillars that we soon discovered to be Mourning Cloaks. We decided to take them in (to control the destruction on the willow and observe them as they went through their changes). I was slightly horrified to learn that they molt several times before making their chrysalis. It was fascinating, watching them eat, grow and change. Here are some shots showing their life cycle (as much as we saw of it):

      Mourning Cloak Caterpillar

      Prayer Position

      Chrysalis

      Stretching its Wings

      So Long

      If You Love Somebody

      • #418819
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Great series Leanne. That is so cool that you and your family got to see the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly. And to top it off it was a Mourning Cloak. An exceptionally beautiful butterfly in my book.

        • #420004
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thanks Dave. Not so pretty when they are molting but definitely gorgeous in the butterfly stage of life. If you are interested in metamorphosis, here is a video of the caterpillar to chrysalis stage, 5 minutes sped up to 2 minutes:

          Metamorphosis

           

          • #420166
            Dave Watkins
            Participant

            Simply amazing. At the Monarch festival we recently attended down in Brookings Carol got to watch that in person. She just happened to be up on the stage where they had butterflies and caterpillars in mesh enclosures when a caterpillar changed to chrysalis. It was crowded up there so I was walking Cider around answering questions about what kind of dog he is.Β  πŸ™‚

            Thanks for posting that video. It’s something special that not many of us get to see.

      • #418823
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Very nice series Leanne. The whole process is interesting isn’t it. They do like to crawl on your finger just after emerging. Odd that they’re so skittish afterwards. Love the image with you daughter.

        • #420003
          LeanneC
          Participant

          Thanks Rob. My daughter said is was tasting her! You can see the proboscis “probing” her finger. They finally made their way to trees in our yard. The Manitoba Maple was a favourite. They appear every once in awhile and my youngest swears they are the same ones we “raised” saying hello.

    • #418843
      Patrick
      Participant

      • #418852
        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Two great shots Pat. Where do you live?…I’ve never seen either of these. Do you know what they are called?

        • #418854
          Patrick
          Participant

          Hi Rob , i live in n.ireland (belfast)

          Top one is called a common blue , seen loads this year

          photo 2 is a Painted lady

          Look hereΒ https://www.ulsterwildlife.org/wildlife-explorer/invertebrates/butterflies-and-moths

          This place is literally out my sisters back yard ( i’m very lucky ) πŸ˜‰

           

          • #418863
            Rob Eyers
            Participant

            Thanks for the link Pat. Yes you are very lucky if you have all of those around you. We visited Belfast a few years ago on a circle tour of the island. Lovely country and wonderful folks. We’ll be back again, but that trip will be in a car on our own time, so we can stop and talk to the fairies if we like. πŸ˜‰

    • #418844
      Patrick
      Participant

      • #418851
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Love both of these P71. I’ve had quite a bit fun photographing butterflies this year. Hope you had fun too.Β  πŸ™‚

    • #418855
      Patrick
      Participant

      First time for me Dave and it was a lot of fun , looking forward to next year already .. thanks very much mate.

      Still need to identify this one.

      Found it – Orange-tip

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    • #418859
      Patrick
      Participant

      Micropterix calthella, the marsh marigold moth

      Can just about see these little ones with naked eye

      • This reply was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by Patrick.
      • #419306
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        You’ve some good shots here Patrick, I don’t think I would have known this one was a butterfly!

        • #419778
          Patrick
          Participant

          My bad , i posted a moth your right and i just clicked on after reading your reply … butterfly throwdown …oops Sorry folks.

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          • This reply was modified 5 months ago by Patrick.
    • #418864
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      So here goes one more from yesterday. Not a lot of variety from me. I’ll have to dig through so oldies.

      If you haven’t watched one emerge then you may not have seen how the wings are very small and shriveled up. After a couple of minutes to rest up from the struggle of getting out they begin to pump fluids from the abdomen out though veins in the wings. The whole process takes about two minutes at most.

    • #419274
      Patrick
      Participant

    • #419307
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Comma …

      comma on field scabious

      • #419378
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I like the light/dark contrast of the wings, beautiful background.

    • #419309
      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      From the wayback machine…Blue Morpho

      Blue Morpho

       

      • #419379
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Wow! What a beautifully colored butterfly. Nice shot Rob.

      • #419418
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Stunning blue Rob!

    • #419377
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      In flight.

      • #419419
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        That’s pretty clever Dave, cool shot!

        • #419469
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Thanks Diane. Shot at 1/2000 to stop the motion. Went back and tried to get one showing just a bit of motion using 1/1600 and 1/1250 but didn’t even get one keeper. It’s supposed to be rainy for the next four days so any new butterfly pics are on hold.

    • #419420
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Resting Peacock butterfly…

      peacock on tarmac

      • #419470
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        We don’t have those around here. It’s beautiful. Was the ground, or rock, it’s on wet? I ask because to ingest minerals butterflies “puddle.” They land on wet ground, animal carcasses and animal and bird poop to get nutrients nectar doesn’t provide.

        I’ve learned a number of strange facts about butterflies this year after putting in the butterfly garden and reading about them.Β  πŸ™‚

        • #419489
          Tersha
          Keymaster

          Strangely it was a small strip of old tarmac in-between the grass and wild flowers, I was parked in a lay-by in a grass verge in the forest. It may well have been wet, as I remember the grass was wet in places. I never knew that about them landing on wet ground, and other things. I’ve seen them settle on brick, and old logs, and always assumed to was to get some heat.
          pic from a couple of years back ..

          resting on a log

      • #419819
        JasenkaG
        Keymaster

        This one is so beautiful, I haven’t seen this species for a very long time!

    • #419615
      Dave Watkins
      Participant
      • #419773
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        They get into some odd places!

    • #419774
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      tortoiseshell

      tortoiseshell on michaelmas

      • #419834
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        I really like how the light gives the wings a wonderful glowing effect here. Would love to see one of these in person.

    • #419870
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Before I started taking pictures of them this year I did not realize how furry some butterflies are.

      • #420007
        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Lovely shot Dave, I’m always surprised how furry they are! The tortoiseshell above this shot is very furry too!

        • #420168
          Dave Watkins
          Participant

          Your tortoiseshell shot helped me realize the furriness of some butterflies.

    • #420008
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      We’ve had a sunny week, and the butterflies are out in force!

      cabbage white

      cabbage white, Pieris rapae

      cabbage white, Pieris rapae

      • #420170
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        The cabbage white is supposed to be common in our area but I’ve seen only one.

    • #420010
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      They’re on the fallen apples from the apple tree …
      Red Admiral

      red admiral on apple

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      • #420171
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        “Our” Painted Ladies use the same food source in our yard. πŸ™‚

    • #420012
      Tersha
      Keymaster

      And one I’ve never seen before, a Speckled Woods …

      speckled woods

      these are very ‘flighty’, and I had to wait ages for it to settle!

      • This reply was modified 5 months ago by Tersha.
      • #420172
        Dave Watkins
        Participant

        Looks similar to our Common Wood Nymph.

    • #420268
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Another Painted Lady. Only butterfly left in the garden. The Tall Verbena is the only flower I’ve seen them on.

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