Spring 2014: Track Your First Butterfly Sightings

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    Jill Staake
    Jill Staake
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    Spring butterflies should be returning to southern areas by now, and starting to pop up farther north before too long. Track your first butterfly sightings here by listing what you saw, where you are, and when you sighted it!

    Learn which butterflies you’re likely to see first (and where they’ve been all winter) in this post on our blog: http://www.birdsandblooms.com/blog/butterflies-of-spring/

    (Got a photo? We’d love to see it! Visit our Community Help section for assistance with posting photos.)


    Jill Staake (florida33girl@gmail.com)
    Birds & Blooms Community Manager
    Tampa, Florida Zone 9b

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    Kim
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    So far this month in South Carolina it’s been sporadic sightings of:  Horace’s Duskywing, Common-checkered Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, Cloudless Sulphur, American Painted Lady, Carolina Satyr, Pearl Crescent, Black Swallowtail, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Palamedes Swallowtail, and Pipevine Swallowtail.

    Kim

     


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    Stelios
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    Kim, that’s wonderful that you know your butterflies so well.  I think I will jot those names down and do some research.  Mind you, living so far up north we don’t get too many fancy butterflies here.  We are lucky to see Swallowtails and an occasional Monarch.  Two summers ago there was an epidemic of Viceroys and Red Admirals.  It was fantastic.  I would be reading at the patio table and 4/5 of them would just rest 2” away from me.


    Stella
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    margba
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    I did notice a couple of cabbage moths flut by about a week ago just as it was starting to warm up some.  Hope our freeze & late snow isnt harming the bfs!


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    dena1123
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    I believe it was last Wednesday that I had a Female, Black Swallow Tail, land at my feet.  She looked a little rough but always a good sign to see them in Michigan….


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    margba
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    Will all these late snowsb& freezes harm the bfs?  Where could I buy some bfs for the gardens here!  I know you can buy ladybugs.  Not sure where to buy those, either!


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    Kim
    Kim
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    Stella….what a delightful surprise…the visit from the Viceroy’s and Red Admirals!   I’ve only seen a couple of each around here.  For the past two years I’ve been documenting the various species of butterflies that visit the home garden, so it has definitely helped with learning their identifications. :)   So far I’ve documented over 45 species.  This year I’ve added a variety of host plants to the garden in hopes of establishing a more “extended stay” butterfly bed and breakfast. ;)

     

    Margba…as far as purchasing butterflies….there’s an online site called Shady Oak Butterfly Farm – they have butterfly eggs, chrysalis, adult butterflies, kits, and butterfly host plants that they sell (some are of course restricted to only being shipped to certain states).  While I haven’t ordered butterflies from them, I have ordered host plants from them.  They ship promptly and also respond promptly to any questions.  Their butterfly farm is located in FL.

    Their website is:  http://www.butterfliesetc.com/butterfly-eggs-caterpillars-and-chrysalises

    Their phone number, hours of operation, and email is listed on their site.  If your looking for a more local source, if you send them an email they may be able to put you in touch with a reputable butterfly farm source for your area.

    Their facebook page is:  https://www.facebook.com/ShadyOakButterflyFarm

    Kim

     


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    growingranny_va_z7
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    In the last few days I have seen several butterflies, I didn’t have time to look them up for their “pedigree” but it sure was nice to see some again.


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    margba
    margba
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    I think its still a bit too early for around here!


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