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Diary – 2013

CODES – BF=Bronze Fennel, LE = Laying Eggs, ST = SwallowTail, ETB = Eastern tailed blue, SSK = silver spotted skipper.

8/26/13 – 200 skippers – they are mainly Fiery and Pecks, plus a few SSK, some Dun, a couple Sootywing + others I can’t identify.

8/18/2013 – 3 yellow Tiger ST + 1 black, Ques. Mark, Spicebush LE, Red Admiral, Black ST LE bronze fennel + parsley, buckeye, Pipevine, Monarch (still no eggs), Red Admiral, 50 skippers, Silver Spotted Skipper,  ETB. Grey hairstreak

8/8/13 – Giant ST LE on Rue and Hop Tree – Cloudless Sulphur LE on Partridge Pea I counted 22 eggs, but I’m sure there are more. Little Yellow – TST yellow and black – Giant ST nec on lantana – Buckeye – Question Mark LE hackberry – BST eggs and larvae on BF –

8/3/13 – Black ST 1 male and female LE on bronze fennel – Spicebush ST laying eggs on spicebush – Tiger ST black and yellow – Monarch (male) – Or. sulphur – red admiral – 2 silver spotted skipper – 5 Cab whites – LOTS of skippers – Eastern tailed blue – Pearl Crescent -Hackberry – Cloudless Sulphur – Checkered White? – Summer Azure LE on PeeGee hydrangea,

7/23/13 – Giant ST – 2 Black ST, 2 Tiger ST,  Spicebush ST,2 male Monarchs – or. sulphur, 50 skippers, buckeye, red admiral, 2 silver-spotted skippers, 4 Cabbage whites, Eastern TB.   This week has been the best yet.

7/13 – Buckeye – PL – Or Sul – 2 fiery skipper

Test – cut Dianthus to ground

7/11 – BST – ETB – OR Sul – Reakirts Blue – Sum Azure

7/8 – Buckeye – Tiger ST – Summer Azure – Grey HS –

TEST – cut Daisy May and Daisy White Breeze to ground – then fertilized.

7/5 – 4 Cab Wh – Pearl Crescent + Great Spangle Frit –

7/4 – 2 Fiery skippers nec buddleia  – BST – PL – Grey HS

7/3 – BST – TST – Red Admiral – nec echinacea

6/30 – Red Admiral larvae on False Nettle.

6/29

  • 2 Black ST – 1 male – 1 female laying eggs on bronze fennel – not I also have larvae on that.
  • 1st Buckeye nec – slender mountain mint
  • talked to Charlotte – raised 15 Monarch larvae (ordered) – they all died.

6/28

  • Buckeye nec Slender MM
  • Orange sulphur
  • Black ST

6/27

  • Red Admiral
  • 2 orange sulphur nec lantana, coreopsis, shasta

6/25

  • 2 ETB
  • Red Admiral
  • Cloudless sulphur

6/23 – Red Admiral

6/21 – 2 orange sulphur nec VB

6/19

  • Cloudless Sulphur-
  • released 1 BST & 1 American Lady
  • larvae on pearly everlasting
  • cab white larvae
  • ETB
  • Fiery skipper
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Butterfly Diary

8/21/2011 – great week

  • 100 skippers
  • cloudless sulphur nec lobelia cardinalis and salvia lady in red
  • at least 4 monarch larvae
  • 3 bst larvae + bst eggs on bronze fennel
  • Tiger ST  LE on sweet bay magniolia
  • Eastern tailed blue nec globe amaranth
  • pipevine nec lantana
  • buckeye
  • cab white
  • 3 black ST
  • 2 Tiger ST
  • 3 monarchs

8/14/2011

  • Hummingbird moth nec lantana
  • Mon – BST and Buckeye nec lantana
  • Eastern tailed blue
  • cab white
  • Orange sulphur – verbena bon.
  • Monarch LE trop mw.
  • Hummingbirds nec zinnia/lantana/VB
  • Grey HS
  • Question mark or comma
  • Cloudless sul
  • Checkered skipper
  • painted lady
  • BST LE rue
  • Giant ST LE hopt tree in back
  • 4 monarchs – two mating

8/9/2011

  • This has been a great week – besides butterflies, we have numerous hummers and goldfinch
  • Cloudless sulphur – LE on Wild Senna – on the top flowers.
  • Snoput – LE on Hackberry
  • Spicvebush LE on spicebush
  • Monarchs – 3 – prefer meadwo blazing star
  • Buckeyes – 2 – attempting to mate – nec lantana
  • 2 Tiger ST
  • Black ST LE bronze fennel
  • Red Admiral
  • Silver spotted skippers – 2
  • Easter TB – sucking ground juices
  • Nerous fiery and pecks skippers + dunn skipper

8/3/2011

  • Pipevine nec on lantana
  • Cloudless sulphur
  • Buckeye
  • Mating Monarchs
  • Black ST – LE on rue and bronze fennel – I have some larvae also.
  • Lots of skippers – saw one LE on Fescue.

7/20/2011

  • Monarch nec trop mw
  • Tiger ST – yellow
  • black ST< le rue
  • Cab white
  • silver-spotted skipper
  • skippers – fiery – 30?
  • Eastern tailed blue – 3

7/8/2011

  • 4 cab white
  • 1 yellow female tiger st
  • 8 skippers – fiery/sachem
  • summer azure or etb ?

7/3/2011

  • Black ST laying eggs on bronze fennel and dill
  • tiger ST – yellow
  • Great Spangled Fritillary nec on Echinacea

6/11/2011

  • Great Spangled Fritillary nec ech. and coreopsis
  • Hymmingbird nec – Salvia – B&B
  • Checkered skipper – fresh – near front yard dwarf malva – note: it’s been 2 months since I noticed them laying eggs on front dwarf malva.

6/1/2011

  • Spicebush LE on spicebush + larvae on plants
  • Giant ST LE on Hop tree – top flowers
  • Buckeye LE on Veronica – top leaves – 3 eggs on one leaf.
  • Cab white
  • Sulphur

5/29/2011

  • Giant ST – nec maltese cross
  • 2 Cab Whites
  • Spring azure nec salvia
  • Painted lady nec on salvia + larvae on pearly everlasting

5/10/2011

  • 3 eggs on Tuberosa + one cat.
  • Question Mark – LE
  • Orange Sulphur

5/8/2011

  • BST LE on dill
  • Pecks skipper
  • Put down Preen on all gardens except for zinnias

4/23/2011

  • Yellow TST
  • Monarch LE on milkweed – incarnata
  • BST eggs on Rue

4/13/2011

  • Released 3 BST – 2male – 1 female
  • First Hummingbird of the season.

4/10/2011

  • Released 2 black swallowtails

4/9/2011

  • 2 Cab Whites
  • 1 Spring Azure (probable)
  • 1 Checkered Skipper LE on/near dwarf hollyhock in front.
  • (Viburnum is in bloom – that brings in the larger butterflies sometimes.)

10/7/2010

  • 2 Monarchs – it looks like the Monarchs have gone through St. Louis during a two to three week time period.
  • 2 Cloudless – they like Honeysuckle and Red Salvia
  • 2 Giant ST Larvae on hop tree
  • Red Spotted Purp0le LE on Dward Willow
  • Or sulphur
  • Lots of skipper
  • 1 Hummingbird
  • ETST – yellow

9/19/2010

Giant ST laying eggs on hop tree.

9/12/2010

  • pretty much the same as last week except now we are getting 15 monarchs/day

9/6/2010

  • 9/12 – 10 monarchs in two hours – this is the first part of the migration.
  • Hummingbird moth
  • ETB
  • Small yellow
  • dusky wing
  • 100 skippers
  • SSK
  • 10 buckeyes
  • released 1 bst
  • release 1 monarch
  • 12 bst larvae outside
  • ghs
  • 4 CW
  • cloudless sulphur nec lobelia cardinalis
  • summer azure nec veronica
  • 5 monarch larvae

8/29/2010

  • TST yellow
  • 6 buckeyes
  • or sulphur
  • 100+ skippersw
  • 5 BST cats outside
  • 2 GHS
  • release 2 pipevine butterflies
  • Cab white
  • Giant ST LE hop tree
  • release BST butterfly
  • monarchs mating
  • hummeron lobelia cardinalis

8/22/2010

  • 100 + skippers – 90% are Fiery
  • Monarch LE
  • 4 buckeyes
  • 1 BST male + 1 female
  • Little Yellow
  • ETB
  • Cloudless sulphur
  • Orange sulphur
  • 2 Mon cats
  • BST LE Parsley, rue and bronze fennel
  • GHS nec mint
  • Buckeyes like SMM and regular mint
  • Question Mark

8/15/2010 – another great week.

  • Collected 7 eggs and 5 cats from BST – there’s more out there also
  • Fiery skipper LE on bermuda grass
  • GHS
  • 2 Cab Whites
  • 6 Buckeyes – this is the best year ever for buckeyes.
  • Painted lady
  • BST LE on rue and bronze fennel
  • Spicebush
  • male BST
  • 4 Pipevine cats ! – a first! I’m getting rid of my pipevine, but I think I’ll try to keep some in a pot.
  • Cloudless sulphur
  • orange sulphur
  • 4 buckeye larvae on veronica
  • 2 monarch larvae
  • note – crestwood is spraying – there was no breeze so I doubt whether the spraying is actually doing any good unless the mosquito happened to be crossing the road when the spraying was being done.  The butterfly population does not seem to be affected.

8/8/2010 – Wow – a great week.

  • 2 monarchs
  • Cab Whites LE on dames rocket
  • 2 sulphurs
  • 4 Buckeyes – usually nec Slender mt mint
  • 100+ skippers
  • Fiery skipper lLE bermuda grass
  • Red spotted Purple around willow.
  • Pipevine
  • Ques Mark LE hackerry
  • 2 TST – one yellow and one black
  • Little yellow LE partridge pea
  • BST LE rue
  • Release one red admiral

8/1/2010

  • 3 monarchs
  • 1 Black ST plus I released another I raised
  • 3 buckeyes – trying to mate
  • 1 Gray hairstreak
  • 1 tiger ST – Yellow
  • 1 Silver spotted skipper
  • 100 small skippers – sachem, fiery and pecks
  • 1 Cab wite – le on dames rocket
  • 1 Eastern tailed blue
  • Red Admiral LE on false nettle
  • 2 or sulphur
  • Painted lady
  • painted lady larvae on pearly everlasting

7/23/2010

  • Buckeye nec VB
  • 4 Cab Wh nec new Agastache
  • Silver spotted skipper
  • Or. sulphur nec Buddleia
  • Red Admiral
  • 4 Painted Ladies – some LE on Pearly Everlasting
  • Red Spotted Purple – old
  • Black ST
  • Eastern tailed blue
  • 2 Tiger ST
  • Dunn skipper
  • lots of fiery skippers

7/17/2010

  • Monarch-male nec and prefers Blazing Star – Eastern or Meadow
  • Red Admiral
  • Dusky Wing
  • Skippers – 45
  • Silver-spotted skipper
  • Or. Sulphur
  • Checkered White nec dwarf coreopsis and VB
  • Little Yellow
  • BST Larvae on Rue and Bronze Fennel
  • Buckeye

7/14/2010

  • Monarch-female-nec buddleia and VB
  • skippers – lots
  • Painted lady nec bud
  • Little yellow nec VB
  • Cab White
  • 3 orange sulphurs – nec bud and gaillardia

7/7/2010

  • BST LE on dill
  • Silverspotted skipper nec lantana
  • 20 skippers – fiery and pecks
  • Cab Wh LE on Spider Flower
  • 4 Hummers nec purple bean vine
  • ETB nec NE Aster
  • Or sulphur LE – clover
  • Buckeye – nec Slender Mt Mint

7/3/2010

  • Cab White
  • 3 Fiery skippers
  • 1 Sachem
  • 1 Spring azure
  • 1 sulphur
  • 1 Female Monarch nectaring
  • 1 Juniper hairstreak
  • 1 Eastern tailed blue

6/30/2010

  • Buckeye LE on Veronica which was cut to the ground
  • Gray hairstreak
  • Spicebush Larvae
  • Sachem and Fiery skipper

6/24/2010

  • GSF nec Ech
  • Pecks skipper
  • Painted lady nec lantana
  • Mon cat and egg
  • Red Admiral cat parasitized

6/23/2010

  • Little yellow
  • 2 sulphur
  • 1 CW
  • 1 Spring Azure
  • 1 Dusky Wing nec oregano
  • PL nec mint
  • Mon eggs
  • PL larvae on Pearly Everlasting

6/18/2010

  • Little yellow
  • Monarch nec Ech.
  • Sulphur
  • SSK
  • buckeye nec oregano
  • Gray hairstreak
  • spring Azure

5/30/2010

  • Monarch LE
  • Spring Azure nec Veronica
  • Red Admiral
  • Cab White

5/28/2010 –

  • Mourning cloak – A FIRST! nec – common privet
  • Spring Azure nec thymr and privet
  • Ques. Mark
  • Cab White
  • Pipevine
  • Pearl Crescent
  • Giant ST – LE on rue flowers
  • Great Spangled Fritillary
  • Red Admirals – LE – False Nettle

5/22/2010 – Red Admiral, Spring Azure, Cab White.

5/18/2010 – Cab White, 10 Red Admiral nec privet, Am Lady LE Pearly Everlasting, Question Mark

5/11/2010 – 2 Monarchs, LE, Red Admiral LE flase nettle, 7 gold finch – eating aphids on red honeysuckle, Painted Lady LE pearly Everlasting, Qest. Mark.

5/9/2010 – Painted Lady, Cab White

5/7/2010 – Gray Hairstreak, Painted Lady, BST – LE, Skipper

5/5/2010 – 2 American Snout LE on hackberry

5/4/2010 – Pecks Skipper, Red Ad laying eggs on False Nettle, 1st Hummingbird of the season.

5/3/2010 – Question Mark, Sulphur nec. Mal Cross, dusky Wing, Red Admiral, Snout, Snout, BST.

4/16/2010 – CW, BST, Sulphur

4/14/2010 – Red Admiral + CW

4/12/2010 – Black ST – LE

4/9/2010 – Question Mark – old, Cabbage White

4/7/2010 – Sulphur, Red Admiral

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