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Post by ourchickenshack on Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:25 pm

Here's some Monarch's I saw yesterday …

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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Sep 23, 2018 1:54 am

While I was installing a new front door on the house.  My wife was outside watering the flowers & plants in the front flower bed.  And saw something move.

It must have arrived on one of the tropical plants she bought.  It's apparently a "Green Anole" that's native to Southern United States.  It turns green when warm.  Which is why it's brown today (it's only about 16˚C here today).
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Post by chris.75 on Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:18 am

Hehe that's cute, is it a lizard or an amphibian? It kinda looks like a newt, but with a thinner tail
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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:05 pm

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It's apparently a lizard.  It grows to 6 - 8 inches (15.5 - 20.3 cm) long.  It probably arrived as an egg, on the tropical palm potted plant or one of the other tropical plants that my wife bought for the front flower bed.

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Post by Nico on Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:27 pm

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Clint, he's a beauty mate afro
Very cool that he changes colour rockon
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Post by ourchickenshack on Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:52 pm

Green Anoles are really neat Very Happy

When I lived in Florida they were everywhere but I have never seen them even as far north as Oklahoma . Are you going to keep it ? It will never survive the cold Canada winter unless you bring it inside .
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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:39 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Green Anoles are really neat Very Happy

When I lived in Florida they were everywhere but I have never seen them even as far north as Oklahoma . Are you going to keep it ? It will never survive the cold Canada winter unless you bring it inside .

It took us a while to figure out what it was.  We knew it wasn't a salamander and it wasn't native to our area.

The neighbours have family with some other lizards, so they offered to take it.  They already have the tanks and heat lamps, food, etc.,  to look after it.

It would have been a lizard popcycle, if it had to spend a few more nights or weeks outside.
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:12 pm

Awesome Clint - glad to know the little fella has a home yay

Here are probably the last of our butterfly pics for the summer - its starting to cool down …

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Post by Commander Clint on Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:58 pm

Nice selection of butterflies around your house & garden. The local Monarchs have just started making their way south.

It was only 4˚C last night. So the lizard wouldn't have lasted very long, if we didn't find it.
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Post by Nico on Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:34 pm

Great buterfly pics James clapping

Cool to hear the lizard is safe and being looked after cheers
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Post by ourchickenshack on Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:17 am

Golden Orb Weaver Spider in my backyard …

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Post by the89thchris on Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:02 pm

Wow! That thing is gorgeous!
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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Sep 05, 2019 7:31 am

Black Witch Moth …
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Easily a 6 to 7 inch wingspan (I have big hands)
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Post by ChristianC on Thu Sep 05, 2019 8:27 am

That is MASSIVE! Never seen anything like that before.
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Post by Commander Clint on Thu Sep 05, 2019 1:55 pm

James, That's an awesome moth. I've never seen anything like it before. clapping

My wife has been rescuing Monarch caterpillars all summer long, and then caring for them until they reach the butterfly stage. I think she has a swallow tale caterpillar in it's chrysalis at the moment as well. I'll try and get some pictures.


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Your talking about James's hand, right? lol! lol! lol!
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Post by ChristianC on Thu Sep 05, 2019 2:02 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAH

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Post by ourchickenshack on Thu Sep 05, 2019 4:33 pm

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:James, That's an awesome moth.  I've never seen anything like it before. clapping

My wife has been rescuing Monarch caterpillars all summer long, and then caring for them until they reach the butterfly stage.  I think she has a swallow tale caterpillar in it's chrysalis at the moment as well.  I'll try and get some pictures.

That is super cool Clint , I would love to see the pics yay
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Post by Nico on Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:29 pm

Wow, that's big man cheers awesome markings Very Happy

Great pic James afro
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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Sep 06, 2019 1:40 am

My wife was photographing the butterflies all summer, so I had her forward me a few pictures.  I'll post some more tomorrow.

Here are some of the Monarch Caterpillars on the Milkweed plants.

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Post by grinchy on Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:45 am

brilliant photos guys, nature is great!
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Post by the89thchris on Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:32 pm

That is a huge freaking moth. I don't think I've ever seen one of those. study

I have had very few interesting outdoor experiences this summer. I saw a huge centipede during the 3 days I was camping. rofl
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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:55 pm

When the caterpillars are ready to form the chrysalis, they try and find a high spot.  They then bend into a "J" shape.  This one crawled underneath our patio table.

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When they first form the chrysalis, it's a bright light green colour.

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After about 10 days.  The chrysalis starts to get darker green & finally almost clear.

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I think this monarch butterfly is a male.  Apparently the 2 little black spots on the back of the wings is the way to tell.

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Post by Commander Clint on Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:56 pm



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Post by ourchickenshack on Sat Sep 07, 2019 5:32 pm

That is so cool Clint , huge props to your awesome wife clapping
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Post by Commander Clint on Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:30 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:That is so cool Clint , huge props to your awesome wife clapping

Thanks James. She must have raised about 30 or more Monarchs this year. There are still a few waiting to hatch.

Sorry for the late reply. We were at wedding. One of my wife's relatives. The wedding was at their buffalo farm. I have some pictures to post later.
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