BAMONA identifies two more butterflies in my garden

Well, technically, only one of them was ID’d as I already knew the orange caterpillar was a Gulf Fritillary because it was munching on a passion vine, and that’s what they love to devour!

So BAMONA logs my sighting of the Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) caterpillar:

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BAMONA also logs the sighting of the butterfly which I was unable to ID: Bordered Patch (Chlosyne lacinia) butterfly:

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That’s another attractive butterfly. It’s patterning surely confused me though when trying to ID it. Thanks again to¬†Butterflies and Moths of North America

 

And let me again take this opportunity to thank the butterflies for entering the garden. These little buggers help to pollinate the vegetables and fruits we have growing. Bees are under major attack by over-application of pesticides which led to what was called Colony Collapse Disorder. The damage to the agriculture industry worldwide has been significant due to their declining numbers. Let’s not forget though, that butterflies are another beneficial pollinator that comes into the garden and helps us with this necessary task! Remember that next time you see a caterpillar munching on your veggie plants.

Large Milkweed Nymph sightings

I’ve been lucky to have another critter in the garden ID’d.

The pictures I took of the red and black bug which I couldn’t ID but vaguely looked like a Box Elder bug have been identified as a Large Milkweed Nymph. I’ve spotted several of these beasties rummaging around the garden. The smallest of them are about 2mm in length or so.. Very small! This nymph here has probably molted to it’s 4th stage or so before it becomes an adult. I expect to start seeing the adults soon. They don’t look appealing, but they are harmless to humans.

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Whatsthatbug.com has graciously identified this critter.

Black Swallowtail (Papilio Polyxenes) Sighting Confirmed!

Yes, it has been confirmed to be a Black Swallowtail. It’s a really common butterfly, species-wise, but not one that I see very often myself. I think I generally see smaller moths that are half the size of typical butterflies. When I do see butterflies, they tend to be more drab in their coloring. But when you see some pretty little things like these, you have to stop and admire them!

BAMONA has confirmed my sighting of the Black Swallowtail. For more info on the Black Swallowtail, aka Papilio Polyxenes, see BAMONA’s page here.

Well the caterpillar is gone now. A bit of searching and sure enough, it has gone into chrysalis mode. Here are some pics of it. I expect it to emerge from the chrysalis any day now. I’m hoping to get some pics of it before it flies away…

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It almost looks dinosaurlike. The ridges and cavernous crenellations on the chrysalis evoke some very interesting imagery.