New Butterfly and Moths with their Host Plants...first peek

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Well Goodness Gracie! I spent a month in the winter dolldrums, the first for me.  Here are the images that pulled me out of it.  They will be debuting at the Pine Center for the Arts on March 13, 2015.  And I thank the East Central Regional Arts Council for funding this endeavor.  

I call this Contemplating the Abyss.  This Tawny Emperor chose to spend her last moments with me. She can help

me remind ourselves that we have lost 40% of our native butterflies from using lawn and garden chemicals and pulling

the native 'weeds' they depend on for raising their next generations.  

Leaf Mining Moths love Geranium                                                      The Common Buckeye Loves Veronica

These two beautiful native wildflowers grow well in gardens and in the woods. Neither are invasive.  And there's a butterfly/moth bonus.

Painted Ladies Love Thistle                                                               Milbert's Tortiseshell Loves Joe Pye Weed

Only the monarch migrates into Minnesota.  All the rest live through everthing we do--outdoors.  These two lay their eggs on these late summer bloomers and winter over as eggs. I've noticed that the butterflies don't become butterflies until their host plants are in full glory.

The Wavy Lined Emerald Moth loves Monarda.  So do I. Such a lovely fragrance and the deer leave it alone!.  Now if that little guy can stay safe....

Purplish Coppers Love Knotweed, but Knotasauruses are not so Enamored.  Tiger Moths Lay their Eggs in Dead Grasses.  Many of you have seen my Knotasaurus before, but I was never quite sure it was finished.  Ta Da!  It was this mighty scary little butterfly that was causing all the ruckus.  The Tiger Moth is a new friend that I was so suprised to see late in the year deep in the tall grasses.  Only it and our small trees were happy to see me clomping through the waist high grass with my camera.

Pearl Crescents Love Big Leaf Asters.  Two jewels of the woodland border.  

Queens Love Butterfly Weed.   Queens don't have the extreme mimicry of the foul tasting Monarch that the Viceroy does, but I have to stop and look closely to see who I'm meeting.

American Copper Loves Yellow Dock.  Here the leaf print that is the base for all these images is exposed.  The aura or 

halo around the leaves is created by them and is widest when they are full of vigor and narrow when they retreat to their roots for the season.  American Copper winters as a cocoon to be able to catch these early season beauties.

Tiger Swallowtails Love WIllow. And so do I to climb in.  

Cecropias Love Maples.  I've always wondered where these fuzzy giants live.  I got a good shot of a freshly emerged one at the fair.  And the one that Jeff Ripley found and Mrs. Seely put on the bulletin board until it hatched on his birthday has always haunted me.  

          FIery Skippers Make Lovely Magic Wands..and Love Grass.

 

Viceroys Love Willows.  Note the narrower wings.

Mourning Cloaks Love Roses.  Mourning Cloaks have a special place in my heart because they winter as adults.  We'll start seeing them when the day time tenps get above 40 and there is a warming sun spot. They don't fly very fast in that cold, but fly they do.  For those of us getting out of our winter doldrums, these guys are an inspiration.

Hope you've enjoyed the new images.  Thanks again to ECRAC.  

Think about keeping your weeds and even adding a few!

Lauri

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superb

Absolutely beautiful! Thank you :)

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