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Post by Commander Clint on Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:52 pm

ourchickenshack wrote:Unfortunately we have never seen a whole lot of Monarchs around here - usually just a couple each year.

I use to see 100's of them around Southern Ontario. But lately, not very many.

That's a great Common Sooty-Wing Butterfly. cheers
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Post by chris.75 on Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:29 pm

Absolutely stunning photos James jaw clapping clapping
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:14 pm

Thank you again guys - very cool that you like the bugs What a Face


Here's a caterpillar that I found on our tomato plants yesterday ...

Tobacco Hornworm Caterpillar

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Apparently it is very closely related to the Tomato Hornworm Caterpillar that Clint posted a photo of earlier in this thread ...

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The main difference is the color of the "horn" and slightly different patterns on the sides . Even the moths they turn into are nearly identical  cyclops


I also found this caterpillar on our green beans but I have no idea what kind it is ...

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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:09 pm

That's awesome.cheers Caterpillar cousin's. lol!
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Post by Nico on Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:44 pm

Great Caterpillar pics James, quality is amazing  cheers
Just opened the back door and seen this guy hanging off the gutter, swinging in the wind  What a Face

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Post by Commander Clint on Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:39 pm

Andy, that's a great spider picture. It looks like he's floating in mid air. cheers

I hope the spider was all that was swinging in the wind.cheeky lol!
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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:26 pm

Love the flying spider pic Andy clapping


Okay - as I have been studying caterpillars recently I have learned that they actually go through 5 stages of development called "instars" . As they eat and grow they must shed there skin to get larger , each stage is called 1st instar , 2nd Instar etc . Their coloring and patterns actually change a bit with each instar stage .

Yesterday I was inspecting our tomato plants to see if I could find more of the Tobacco Hornworm caterpillars and found 3 different instar stages ...

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As you can see , as they progress through their instar stages they start to look even closer in appearance to the photo Clint had posted of the Tomato Hornworm What a Face
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Post by Commander Clint on Wed Aug 24, 2016 6:01 pm

Awesome.clapping

You're not going to have any tomato plants or tomato's left, if you have that many. lol!
They even eat the un-ripe green tomato's if your not careful.

If you have an empty fish aquarium, fill it with soil. Then find a couple of neighbours with lots of tomato plants. Then just strip the plants when they're done bearing fruit, to feed the buggers. What a Face

It won't be long after they get to stage 3, they will start to burrow into the soil. Then form their chrysalis for the winter. Then in the spring, emerge as moth's.
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Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Aug 28, 2016 6:33 pm

Yep - they can be very destructive to tomato plants but luckily I have 2 areas where I am growing tomato's this year . I actually built a real garden this year ...

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The tomato plants in the garden area are doing fairly well so I have been removing the caterpillars there and moving them to a area on the side of our house where the tomato's aren't producing fruit but are still producing lots of vegetation for them to eat What a Face
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Post by Nico on Sun Aug 28, 2016 8:05 pm

Nice set up James cheers I love the walkways with the stepping stone effect Very Happy
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Post by chris.75 on Sun Aug 28, 2016 9:18 pm

thats a nice looking allotment JIm, well done buddy clapping clapping
there are a couple of suspicious lookin plants, towards the chain link fencing Suspect bong2 cheeky
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Post by Nico on Mon Aug 29, 2016 7:45 pm

This little fella sits on my desk in a paperweight type thing  What a Face
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:42 am

chris.75 wrote:thats a nice looking allotment JIm, well done buddy clapping clapping
there are a couple of suspicious lookin plants, towards the chain link fencing Suspect bong2 cheeky

lol!

I think your talking about the Okra - from a distance it does look suspicious Cool

We have okra , tomatoes (4 different varieties) , eggplant , zucchini . green beans , butternut squash , spaghetti squash , yellow squash , banana peppers and jalapeno peppers . Before it got so hot we had lettuce , spinach and cucumbers .

We also have oregano , basil , marjoram , sage , horseradish , chives , parsley , pineapple mint , and rosemary growing in various places in the flowerbeds around our house Very Happy



That's a cool scorpion paperweight Andy cheers
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:21 am

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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:00 pm

Commander Clint wrote:
ourchickenshack wrote:Unfortunately we have never seen a whole lot of Monarchs around here - usually just a couple each year.

I use to see 100's of them around Southern Ontario.  But lately, not very many.

That's a great Common Sooty-Wing Butterfly. cheers

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Although it's a terrible picture , I managed to photograph a pair of Monarchs mating What a Face

As soon as I took the photo they flew away - still "getting it on"  cheeky
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Post by Commander Clint on Thu Sep 01, 2016 6:36 pm

Leave it to you James, to catch the butterflies in the act. clapping
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Post by Commander Clint on Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:20 pm

I managed to snap this picture yesterday on my phone yesterday, before leaving the cottage in Wasaga Beach.  I don't know what kind of spider it is?  But there where a lot of them around the cottage.

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Post by cantina_patron on Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:33 pm

It looks like a species of Orb Web Spider Clint. We also get lots of different species of them appearing hear in the UK this time of year The big ones (like yours) are females.
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Post by Commander Clint on Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:41 pm

Thanks Steve. If I go back up, I'll take my good camera along and get some more pictures of them.
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Post by cantina_patron on Mon Sep 19, 2016 2:46 pm

Cool, it would be interesting to see how they compare.
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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:35 am

Commander Clint wrote:I managed to snap this picture yesterday on my phone yesterday, before leaving the cottage in Wasaga Beach.  I don't know what kind of spider it is?  But there where a lot of them around the cottage.

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Yep as Steve said it looks like some type of Orb Spider Very Happy

Here's a Halloween Orb Spider I had visit a few years ago ...

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and a Mantis that crawled on a prop I had set out side to dry a few years ago as well ...

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They look like they could be the Rancor of the insect world Wink
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Post by Nico on Sun Oct 30, 2016 2:36 pm

Cool Mantis James  cheers

Found this guy hanging out on our garden waste bin  What a Face

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Not sure what he is thou  scratch
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Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:42 pm

I believe that is a species of Green Stink Bug (Chinavia Hilaris) Andy Very Happy

It is way prettier then the ones we see here in Oklahoma cheers
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:24 am

This years Halloween Praying Mantis cheers


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Post by Commander Clint on Thu Nov 03, 2016 1:17 pm

Great Mantis, I've only ever seen them green colour. cheers
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