Observing Butterflies and Moths

Posted by F&S

On Friday, we told you about our recent farm inspection.  While we were driving around on the Kawasaki, we observed a lot of butterfly activity on a particular plant and of course, we stopped to take pictures for this blog.

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Francesca, why are you stopping the Kawasaki at the beginning of the Linden Allee?

1 Francesca, why are you stopping the Kawasaki at the beginning of the Linden Allee?

Sharkey, do you see what I see?

2 Sharkey, do you see what I see?

There are butterflies all over the buckeye trees!

3 There are butterflies all over the buckeye trees!

Oh, I see them, Franny!  Those look like Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies!

4 Oh, I see them, Franny! Those look like Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterflies!

They get their name because of the tiger stripes on their wings and because they have long 'tails' at the bottoms of their wings, just like a swallow bird.

5 They get their name because of the tiger stripes on their wings and because they have long 'tails' at the bottoms of their wings, just like a swallow bird.

The Tiger Swallowtails work hard to drink the nectar of these small flowers and in the process, they pollinate the plants.

6 The Tiger Swallowtails work hard to drink the nectar of these small flowers and in the process, they pollinate the plants.

Once pollinated, these flowers will turn into a fruit that contains a shiny brown nut-like seed known as a buckeye.

7 Once pollinated, these flowers will turn into a fruit that contains a shiny brown nut-like seed known as a buckeye.

The buckeyes form inside a capsule that looks like this, but they won't be ready to harvest until late September.

8 The buckeyes form inside a capsule that looks like this, but they won't be ready to harvest until late September.

These buckeye plants also attract moths.  Many species of moths are nocturnal, but not this one.  Moths differ from butterflies in body shape, wing coloring, and that they form a cocoon and not a chrysalis for metamorphosis.

9 These buckeye plants also attract moths. Many species of moths are nocturnal, but not this one. Moths differ from butterflies in body shape, wing coloring, and that they form a cocoon and not a chrysalis for metamorphosis.

You know, Sharkey, many people consider moths, and not butterflies, to be pests.  However, butterflies can be pests, too!  Butterflies lay eggs on host plants that hatch as caterpillars and guess what?  They eat the host plants!

10 You know, Sharkey, many people consider moths, and not butterflies, to be pests. However, butterflies can be pests, too! Butterflies lay eggs on host plants that hatch as caterpillars and guess what? They eat the host plants!

Comments (12)

  • Good morning ladies,
    This is a very interesting blog today. There are all kinds of butterflies around right now. Here I thought they were coming to visit me but they are coming to visit the flowers and trees. There are some very beautiful vibrant colors on them. I love to watch them fly around.
    Cora-Belle, I am glad you are back to your old self again. Missy Chow, I was a good boy when I was young. I played with my toys and watched the rabbits run around in the yard, etc. What are you doing wrong? I mean, you are a puppy and we all mature at different ages. Tell your mom and dad that when you are a couple months older you will be good but right now you are being a puppy. Hehehehehe
    Well everyone, how was your weekend? Anything special planned for this week?
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Good Morning F & S

    I'm not too interested in Butterflies and Moths, I prefer critters I can chase. Just like birds I don't have time for them either. Hey speaking of critters to chase how are those new kittens? They look like fun ;)

    The heat and humidity this weekend was horrible!! I don't know how mom golfed on Saturday it was like soup outside. Yesterday she came to her senses and just floated in the pool. I stayed in doors with dad it was too hot for me and the labs. I don't want the summer to end but I would like some cooler weather.

    Yesterday I helped mom with stocking the bathrooms with T.P. my favorite stuff in the world!!! I need to figure out how to open the cabinets under the sink that is where it's all stored - it would be so much fun to get all those rolls out and run ;) I also found out that mom likes the paper to come over the roll. The cleaning lady puts it under and mom changes it - is it really that big of a deal which way the paper comes off the roll? Does anyone else have a preference like this or is just my mom?

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    You both always educate me. I thought tigers were for the jungles. I didn't know that there were butterflies that were tigers too. I learn from you girls all the time. We have trumpet vines and I tell you there are tons of bees on those. They are very happy little bees. Oh, and guess what we saw on the night camera from Friday----a doe and a buck? That was pretty amazing as we are very, very, close to main streets. They were just munching on the grass along our ditch. So sweet. As for me, I think my head is empty from so much creating. I need to go to the gas station and fill it up with creative ideas. Spent most of the weekend packaging up cards. I am glad Cora Belle is back to her old self and will be anxious to hear of everyone's weekend. I am ready for fall---please! Heat, heat go away and don't come back till next summer. We are going to break the heat record of over 90 degree days. It is 61 straight and we are at 58. Have a great Monday all my Glue Squad buddies.
    Hugs & smiles,
    Lynn

  • Ohhhh. how great all the Butterflies and Moths, and look at that, you girls appreciate them. Speaking of Butterflies, I had an event earlier this year as the sun was setting, there where dozens of smaller reddish-orange-brown Butterflies that evolved in my backyard woods, they must have just dried out and started flying, it looked like a whirlwind of Butterflies...just awesome to witness. In Missouri there was a Spot on our Ranch where hundreds of Monarchs would rest before going on their journey to Mexico...I know I have mentioned this before, so forgive me...but I was lucky to witness such an unusual event. :-)

    Zoe you love to play with PT? I can just imagine the mess...anyway, I prefer the TP up and over ;-)

    I'm early so only two comments posted, will be back this evening to read the rest.

    Kitty sits here next to me at the computer and I read the happenings, she just puuurrrs.

    It was 54 degrees this morning, what a relief and it will go to 90 again during the day.

    Hugs to all from,

    delia and a purring rub from Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Very good story about butterflies. All those insects flying around the plants seems nice. But that attracts spiders too; I don’t like spiders. Daddy keeps telling me that they catch bugs but I think that is one of those “wives tails.” Zoe, I know you like the TP to come over the bottom of the roll so you can grab the end hanging down. Having it over the top will only let you chew the ends. Your Mommy is smart. As for me, who cares. I don’t use the stuff anyway.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi ladies,
    Butterflies & moths. How interesting. I like to chase little flying things around the yard, but not butterflies. They're too pretty. I wouldn't want to get excited & try to eat one.
    The landscapers are almost done. Lots of new mulch (I love the smell of fresh mulch) & plants. Guess what! Some of my ducks came back. There were 6 in the yard with Papa & me. I was nice and quiet for a while & then they started quacking & that got me excited. So I chased them into the lake. Actually, I don't thing they're afraid of me........
    Hey Zoe, Mimi says it does matter which way the toilet paper hangs. She mostly lets it hang down the back but in the baths that have wallpaper she has it hanging over the top so fingernails don't scratch the wall. Me, I don't care. I'd rather hit the wastebasket. he,he,he
    Sure was glad to hear from Cora. Missy Chow, Maddox is right, enjoy your frisky days. You can do that & be a good girl, too. Right, Zoe?
    Til tomorrow.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, I sure do love seeing everyone of your beautiful photos that you girls share with us every day and how fun to continue learning something new every day, also!! I love those beautiful swallowtail butterflies and it's fun to see them in our gardens, also! You girls look so happy and cute in photo #2! Maddox and Zoe, it was fun to hear from you two, also and will check back later to read the rest of your comments! Our weekend was very hot for the first time in 2 years! It was 93 degrees on Saturday and Sunday and I only went outside when it started to cool off a bit! Missy Chow, when I was 11 months old and came to live with my Mom, I was a little devil who didn't know how to behave! My great friend, Cricket lived with Mom back then and she taught me how to be a good boy and I have been great ever since! I miss her so much but think about her everyday! Sure wish you had a friend like that to help you behave better! Sure hope all of you have a great day! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello F & S,

    I'm back. It's been a crazy summer. Then mom and the family were on vacation so I had to go see Lily again. I was happy to see her though and she takes good care of me while mom is away. Anyway I love to chase the butterflies. I can jump pretty high too but still havent caught one yet. :) one of these days i will.
    I had some sad news this morning...my friend Kez who lives in the UK with her family passed away. She was 15 and lived a good long life but it still hurts :( Mom has been talking to Kez's mom all morning. Maybe you all could say a little prayer for Kez and her family who is going to miss her terribly.

    So, it's been sooooo hot here. I am really looking forward to the cooler weather. And ther is this white duck who is just itching to be eaten. She walks right up to my fence and puts her head through the railings. I am determined to get here. Mom said she is going to send a picture she took the other day just to show you girls what I go through every day with this duck. LOL And we have another ground hog in the yard :) It's just a baby one but all is fair when you come into my yard. Haha!
    Well, glad to be back, I hope everyone is doing well and having a great summer.

    Hugs and Kisses to all

    Chloe xx

  • Chloe's back!!! I am sorry to hear about your friend Kez passing away. I'm sure your Mom's call is soothing to Kez's family. :sad:

  • ..hi everybody, Chloe, sorry to hear about your friend....Missy Chow, you will outgrow being naughty..it just takes some doggers longer, it is taking me 16 years!..I like butterflies and dragonflies, we have a lot of them..hmm a baby ground hog, that sounds interesting, Bet it is a bigger version of my departed pal,Quigley, the guinea pig, and he was fun!..An accident here last night..needed my back toe-nails trimmed..James cut me to the quick, blood everywhere..Lucinda and James freaked out..luckily they had stuff to clot the blood and all was fine..you see, I hate anybody touching my toes..so tomarrow my vet, Lisa will finish the ugly job... that is part of my naughtiness, even though, I know James and Lucinda would never hurt me..I don't like them inspecting my body!..oh, the Chiweenies are coming over to splash around in my kiddie pool with me..Lucinda says i overheat walking thur the front yard to the river, so I have a kiddie pool..must see how the Warrior Prince cookies are coming along. I love those things!!over and out, Cora-Belle p.s., does anybody remember when toilet paper was 29 cents for four rolls..inflation!!!

  • Just checked back to catch up on some old posts LOl and I read that Missy Chow is being a bit naughty :) Let me tell you about being naughty............ i have gotten into some bigggg trouble but all you need to do is lay your cute little head on your moms lap, give her some big puppy eyes and BAM...... all is forgiven LOL Until the next time then you just start all over :) Everyone keeps telling my mom I am going to be naughty for a few more years since I am a husky :) But ya never no :) Until tomorrow.

    Chloe xx

  • Hi Girls, & Glue Squad, I haven't seen too many butterflies in my yard lthough in my area, Mom & Dad have transplanted some plants they had there before I arrived..you can probably guess why they got moved earlier in the season. :) So the plants and possible butterflies have a chance without my help. Welcome back Chloe, good to hear from you. Sorry to hear about Kez too. Cora-Belle, sorry to hear about your toe-nails, hope they are better today. Did you enjoy splashing in the pool with the chiweenies???

    Thanks to everyone for their encouraging words; I must admit, I can be quite a handful, not to mention getting my fair share of time-outs also. I do play a little rough and I think that causes some frustration. I sure hope I can simmer down in the next few months, pay more attention & listen to what I've been taught in training classes. I'll keep everyone posted.

    We had a real hot weekend so time outside was limited, I'm with you, Lynn. I'm ready for some cool refreshing air.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

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