Hubby's New Job - Baby Butterfly Spotter

Discussion in 'Butterfly / Moth' started by cherylad, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. cherylad

    cherylad Countess of Cute-ification Plants Contributor

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    Yep... he spotted another "baby" Gulf Fritillary this afternoon. This one was already on the ground.
    And this is from a man that can't spot a pile of dirty laundry or a sink full of dirty dishes! :D
    He got it to climb on a stick so I could get photos. I feel that I kinda exploited this one a bit by moving the stick around a bit, but I wanted to get some better photos of one of my "babies".


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  2. eileen

    eileen Resident Taxonomist Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Excellent series of shots Cheryl. I'm so glad your husband is spotting these new 'babies' as we all get to share them with you. :stew2:
     
  3. Frank

    Frank GardenStew Founder Staff Member Administrator

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    You'll have to forgive me as I'm not much of a butterfly expert, but do newly "released" butterflies wings always look so crumpled?

    Great shots Cheryl.
     
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    Yep, they do Frank :) The wings are wet and crumply when newly emerged. The butterfly rests and waits for them to dry and for blood to pump through and fill them out. After awhile, they strengthen and the butterfly can fly away.
    This may not be very scientific *lol*, but you get the idea
     



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  5. kathyd

    kathyd In Flower

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    Amazing pictures.
     
  6. Sherry8

    Sherry8 I Love Birds!

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    Great pictures...I bet you were smiling alot just watching the butterfly....how exciting to have them.
     
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    gfreiherr Young Pine

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    Wonderful series of photos Cheryl.
     
  8. Droopy

    Droopy Slug Slaughterer Plants Contributor

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    Lovely series of photos! :D I love the way newly hatched butterflies look, like a piece of wet tissue. :D And then when they've dried they fly about like little jewels. Either way they're decorative.
     
  9. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Great photos Cheryl, and I learned about butterfly wings too!!

    Jerry
     

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