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A walk around the yard
« on: April 15, 2015, 06:18:19 PM »
Now that I am able to post pictures thanks to an awesome tutorial I thought I would share a couple.

This wonderful butterfly is a regular this time of year. Forgive me if there is a landmine in there. They like dog poop :)




One of my favorite plants this time of year Spiderwort. The flowers are delicious raw but they can also be candied. The young leaves are great raw or slightly steamed. A great salad additive. Also the stalks are a great alternative to aloe.




I have many many many more pictures of so many cool things. You may not have wanted to make such a good tutorial cause I'm gonna post em :)
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2015, 07:19:17 PM »
GOOD! :thumbsup:


BTW......Is that a moth or a butterfly AND do you know it's name?  :shrug:
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2015, 10:35:13 PM »
butterflys and flutterbys have club shaped antennae, moth's are feathery or saw toothed.

Good pics Pete, what else ya got in your new bucket?

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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2015, 02:02:11 AM »
So........what is it? :shrug:
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2015, 06:58:45 AM »
Lol my apologies Wolfy. It is a Protographium marcellus  or Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly :)
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2015, 07:06:58 AM »
This not so little guy was hanging out on my porch a Brown Luna Moth.


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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2015, 07:48:18 AM »
Cool.  Hey pete.  Ever gone up to see the Monarchs in the panhandle in the fall?  Wow.
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2015, 09:23:56 AM »
Cool.  Hey pete.  Ever gone up to see the Monarchs in the panhandle in the fall?  Wow.

I have not but you have my full attention now :) I will have to look into it. I would love to see a mass like that! I could kill 2 birds with one stone. Plenty of butterfly pictures and plant pictures!
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2015, 09:50:12 AM »
Monarchs are dependent upon the broadleaf milkweed for their 'circle of life.'  We used to see them in profusion, in their red 'beetle' form, when we used to 'walk beans,' but since the introduction of glysophate herbicides, that has all changed.  Not many milkweeds  :) OR monarchs around here anymore. :'(
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2015, 10:38:16 AM »
grrrr glysophates. They do have a place though as we unfortunately have to use them. We do have a bunch of different milkweed in the park I will have to check specifics on em though.
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2015, 10:59:35 AM »
I remember stopping in the Great Smokies awhile back and seeing the most gigantic moths on trees, easily the size of a dinner plate. Didn't have the pretty markings as your did, these had all manner of shades of brown and some light grey.
We have a few butterflies here and there, but mostly out in the meadows. Though this time of year you may be gifted the sight of a few Spicebush Swallowtails along the footpaths :).
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2015, 11:25:58 AM »
I remember stopping in the Great Smokies awhile back and seeing the most gigantic moths on trees, easily the size of a dinner plate. Didn't have the pretty markings as your did, these had all manner of shades of brown and some light grey.
We have a few butterflies here and there, but mostly out in the meadows. Though this time of year you may be gifted the sight of a few Spicebush Swallowtails along the footpaths :).

I have some spice tail pics somewhere I will have to look for them. I should have done a size comparison for the luna moth but to give you a general idea the flat picture with its wings spread it is laying on a 2x6 piece of the steps. Still trying to get a shot of one of the green ones. Let me see what other ones I have.
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2015, 11:50:12 AM »
Here's one from late last summer in Nebraska.....

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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2015, 11:58:18 AM »
What a beauty!! That is a great shot!

I'll post a couple more of mine when I get to the house :)
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2015, 12:16:21 PM »
My brother started a biz in HI.  He has a phd in entomology. He could accurately predict the hatch for weddings.  Wasn't a sustainable biz but pretty cool.
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Re: A walk around the yard
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2015, 12:21:10 PM »
My brother started a biz in HI.  He has a phd in entomology. He could accurately predict the hatch for weddings.  Wasn't a sustainable biz but pretty cool.

Heck yeah cool! I would love to have seen that. That can be a very useful tool!
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