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Post by Nico on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:17 pm

Beautiful pics of the caterpillar James clapping He's a strange looking dude What a Face
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Post by cantina_patron on Sun Jul 10, 2016 7:25 pm

Exellent pictures James. The caterpillar is stunning.

I've recently photographed a very hairy caterpiller that I have nick named Alex (can't think why  tongue )

It is now pupating. So I will post pics of the larval stage, pupa & adult when (if) it emerges.
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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Jul 10, 2016 8:23 pm

Looks a lot like the "Tomato Horn Worms" we have here.  They'll strip a tomato plant in a day or two, if your not watching.
They burrow into the ground and cocoon for the winter.  Then emerge in the spring as a "Hawk Moth".  The Hawk Moth is one of the few that pollinate the night blooming flowers.

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We have a lot of tomato worms at the farm where I grew up, and my wife has taken a few into her class room in the fall, for her students to study.  Usually has a big aquarium full of dirt, and they can see the pupa's at the bottom of the tank.  Then in the spring, they release the moth's after they emerge.

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Jul 11, 2016 5:54 am

Thanks Guys - glad you think the Caterpillars are cool cheers

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I've recently photographed a very hairy caterpiller that I have nick named Alex (can't think why  tongue )

It is now pupating. So I will post pics of the larval stage, pupa & adult when (if) it emerges.

That's awesome Steve yay

I hope to get lucky enough to catch mine pupating as well cyclops


Your Tomato worms are cool Clint What a Face
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Post by cantina_patron on Fri Jul 29, 2016 2:43 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Exellent pictures James. The caterpillar is stunning.

I've recently photographed a very hairy caterpiller that I have nick named Alex (can't think why  tongue )

It is now pupating. So I will post pics of the larval stage, pupa & adult when (if) it emerges.


I can't believe how quickly this this guy emerged. I have now identified 'Alex' as a Garden Tiger Moth (I'll be releasing him/her when it gets dark).


'Alex' Walking
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'Alex' in Defensive Posture
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'Alex' Pupating (next to shed skin).
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'Alex' freshly emerged today!
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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:06 pm

Did Beth decide on the name? lol!

That's a fantastic run of pictures
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Post by Nico on Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:08 pm

Very cool pics Steve, Alex has some great colours  cheers I read somewhere you can feed them with a piece of cotton soaked in sugar water(1 part sugar/ 4 parts water) and they suck it up What a Face

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Post by cantina_patron on Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:15 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Did Beth decide on the name? lol!

That's a fantastic run of pictures

No, it was me. tongue

I'm glad you enjoyed the pics Clint.
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Post by cantina_patron on Fri Jul 29, 2016 3:20 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very cool pics Steve, Alex has some great colours  cheers I read somewhere you can feed them with a piece of cotton soaked in sugar water(1 part sugar/ 4 parts water) and they suck it up What a Face


Thanks Andy. I've tried using that method for honey bees in autumn (when natural food is in short supply) we started off with a few each day, then as word spread we got hundreds. They were getting through 500ml of sugar solution within an afternoon. I guess someone benefited from the extra honey produced. lol!
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Post by ourchickenshack on Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:31 pm

Fantastic pics Steve yay

My caterpillars finished dining on our Dill and then disappeared - I can't find where they decided to pupate confused

It is so cool that you caught all the stages of your Tiger Moth bowwing


I got a couple decent pics of a pretty little butterfly yesterday that I think is called a Eastern Comma Butterfly ...

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Post by cantina_patron on Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:02 pm

Thanks James. When I found the caterpillar wandering around on the ground, I knew it was looking for somewhere to pupate, so I placed it in an empty cricket tub with some moss, hence how I managed to get the pics. of it as a pupa & newly emerged adult. Wink

That Eastern Comma Butterfly is a beaut. Very Happy
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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:06 pm

James, that's a fantastic looking butterfly. cheers
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Post by Nico on Fri Jul 29, 2016 7:49 pm

Stunning Orange colour there James cheers Your lucky to get some great wildlife passing through your garden mate Very Happy

I'm forever removing snails from my garden and evicting them to the field beyond our back fence as all they do is eat the plants and multiply banghead2 (I don't damage them I just move them on, they don't pay rent so can't stay What a Face )

I've seen a couple of decent size spiders in my greenhouse but I let them be as they eat smaller insects and help keep the pests down in there Very Happy (when I say decent size I mean for the UK, nothing compared to what some of you guys get in your countries affraid I'll try and get a pic next time I see one What a Face
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Aug 04, 2016 7:13 am

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Post by Nico on Thu Aug 04, 2016 11:18 am

Great pics James cheers After a little googling I think that's a goldenrod crab spider (or flower crab spider) an interesting little fella What a Face
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:39 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Great pics James cheers After a little googling I think that's a goldenrod crab spider (or flower crab spider) an interesting little fella What a Face

Thanks Andy cheers

I had not tried to look it up but I believe you nailed the type of spider it is  bowwing


Here's another one I saw the other day but wasn't able to get very good pics because he got away lol!

The best I can tell it is a variety of Red Back Jumping Spiders ...

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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Aug 09, 2016 6:52 am

Been chasing this little bastard for a week - every time I would go out side to take its picture it would fly away  banghead2

I finally resorted to taking pics through the window and had to zoom in on it ...

Gulf Fritillary / Passion Butterfly

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Unfortunately this was the best pic I was able to get with it's wings open ...

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Post by Nico on Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:32 am

Even through the window they are still great shots mate cheers Beautiful colouring on that Passion Butterfly  Very Happy
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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:21 pm

He saw you as a predator. lol!

That's a nice butterfly. cheers
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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:47 am

Thanks guys cheers

Here's one I shot today but I can't figure out the name scratch

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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:00 am

Bumblebee

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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:41 am

Monarch Butterfly

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Post by cantina_patron on Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:21 am

Stunning collection of photo's James. I particularly like the red back jumping spider & monarch butterfly. clapping
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Post by Commander Clint on Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:44 pm

Nice pictures James. clapping

Do you still see a lot of Monarch's around Enid? They are on the decline here in Ontario & I haven't seen many this year. Sad
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Post by ourchickenshack on Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:43 pm

Thanks Steve - really glad that you like them  cheers

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Do you still see a lot of Monarch's around Enid?  They are on the decline here in Ontario & I haven't seen many this year. Sad


Unfortunately we have never seen a whole lot of Monarchs around here - usually just a couple each year . We seem to see more Viceroy's ( their look alike cousins ) .


Here's a neat little butterfly I got yesterday ...

Common Sooty-Wing Butterfly

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