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Comment by Linda Damiano on July 16, 2013 at 9:02pm

Randy you never disappoint us with your photos, I was in the garden today and saw a few butterflies. They can't compare to what you see! Thanks for sharing the photos we will never see those butterfly's in our area sad to say. Great job...

Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on July 16, 2013 at 10:25am

I'm with Sharon, great pics, Randy.  We seem to have a dearth of b'flies this year also.  I thought with the wetter spring and a great many wildflowers we'd have many b'flies.  Wasn't the case.  I've seen a few, but nothing like past years.  I'm about 100 mi. no. of Houston.  We've been a drought the last month but got good rains the last couple of days. 

Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on July 16, 2013 at 10:16am

I had a pair of Monarchs here in the garden on Sunday doing there dance. I have seen butterflies like I was saying but not as many. The pictures I posted were from yesterday when I was 200 miles south of Biggsville near St. Louis. Mo. This time of the year I would expect to see 100s of them in an alfalfa field but if I see a dozen I'm getting excited. I did  see a large emergance of Cabbage Whites last week was a wonderful sight. Today a crop duster flew over!

Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on July 16, 2013 at 8:33am

Sharon, we have been pretty slow this spring and early summer. I have had some butterflies and they seem to be picking up with the warmer weather and drying conditions. I'm out almost every day and looking pretty hard to find them. I just got back from a trip to the St. Louis area where I saw some butterfly that I haven.t seen here in a while. Here are some of the butterflies I've seen this Summer.Common Buckeye Butterfly taken east of St. Louis, Mo.Hackberry Butterfly seen in southern IL. East of St. Louis, Mo.. I haven't seen any in my garden this year.Orange SulphurFemale Eastern Tailed BlueLittle Yellow SulphurA little better picture of a female Eastern Tailed BlueRed Admiral. I usually see these as one of my first butterflies. I have seen very few of them and this is the best picture I've taken of one this year and that was yesterday in a stream bed in southern IL.Spice Bush Swallowtail taken in a Meadow in southern IL. I haven't seen one in my garden in years.  And I'm still saying it's slow. Hope I've chased a few your way Sharon!

Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on June 4, 2013 at 12:13pm

I'm trying hard to bring back all the critters that would naturally control unwanted bugs. I actually have to go get some tadpoles to put into the pond. Randy if you have praying mantis eggs, I'd take some :) I also should order some ladybugs.
Being in the suburbs of Chicago I swear they've pretty much just got rid of all the beneficial crittters around here.

Comment by Randy Anderson zn.5/Il. USA on June 3, 2013 at 4:57pm

White Form Orange Sulphur female I saw last weekMale Orange SulfurMourning CloakMourning Cloak under wing American Painted LadyAmerican Painted Lady with part of it's upper wing exposedSilver Spotted Skipper

Now on the subjects of frogs and toad. I love to have Toad in the garden so they can eat slugs but I suppose they would eat some moths and butterfly cats as well. I love having tree frogs eating mosqitos and other flying pests. I have praying Mantis in the garden and have sent egg cases to any one that wanted one.They are hungry little devils that love adult butterflies and will even attack a Hummingbird. Now those I would love to get rid of.

Comment by dawn Moschell on June 3, 2013 at 10:10am
Hmmm....maybe I could pay one of my grandkids.
Comment by Robin (N.IL zone 5) on June 3, 2013 at 9:57am

You can ship them. When I had my reptile business I would get all sorts of critters shipped to me.

Comment by dawn Moschell on June 3, 2013 at 9:45am
Lol...wish you could box and ship them, pretty sure I could make all of you happy! Hate the little buggers (frogs/toads) I'd take snakes or mice any day. Have a small creek at the back of our lot, we have a bajillion of the creepy slimy little things =\
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on June 3, 2013 at 7:38am

Totally agree about frogs.  Why would you want to get rid of them Ana.  They're very beneficial.  I'm with Robin, I'd love to have more frogs around my place. 


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