So nice to find this on our tulip tree! The female tiger swallowtail is so beautiful.
Touch it before its wings are freed and leaves us lost in mystery.
So great to see the first pair of mating monarchs in our backyard! I watched this couple fly around and land in our cherry plum tree. Lots of monarchs and eggs in 2015--what a relief.
Free to fly! Fly away . . .
At the children’s program, “Letters to Service Members,” which was held in March at the Des Plaines History Center, several kids and adults wrote letters to a unit serving in Afghanistan. Sue Fox McGovern, publicity coordinator at the History Center, sent off a letter with a promise to release a monarch butterfly in honor of the men and women who are currently deployed. A 30-year serviceman responded to McGovern’s letter in April saying that releasing a butterfly is a “very genuine gesture and means a lot.”
The release took place the afternoon of July 3 in the backyard of the Kinder House. McGovern has raised butterflies for 15 years and was thrilled that her first monarch of the season emerged on the day before Independence Day. The photo shows the monarch resting on McGovern's hand.
We've been seeing the female monarch butterfly in the garden for the last three days!
One down, a dozen more to go!
Our red admiral caterpillar has been eating Pennsylvania pellitory for almost two weeks.
We provide a lot of Pennsylvania pellitory in our container so the red admiral caterpillars can hide if they want to.
Red admirals cats like to silk some leaves together and hide in a shelter as shown here.
So nice to officially start the butterfly season!
BS cat devouring our dill.
We didn't see the female black swallowtail butterfly, but we can tell she was in our dill garden! Eggs hatch in 3-5 days depending on the weather.
While looking for more bs eggs, I found a young black swallowtail caterpillar on the dill. Caterpillars eat their host plants for about two weeks and then form a chrysalis.
I've cleared lots of plants in our prairie to make way for the milkweed.
So nice to see several red admiral butterflies flying around the backyard last weekend. We found our first three RA eggs on a few Pennsylvania pellitory plants that were growing beside our house. Now just waiting for Ms. Monarch to appear!
Our tiger swallowtail caterpillar went into chrysalis August 2, 2014, and emerged this morning! See the release below.