Monthly Archives: October 2017

What is that egg?

Butterfly eggs can look quite similar to extremely different, depending on the species. Some, like the Monarch and Queen, are identical. Some, like the Question Mark and Red Admiral differ by the number of ridges down the sides. Some are … Continue reading

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Male or female?

Can you tell the difference between a male and female Monarch Butterfly? With adult butterflies, it’s the dots on the hindwings that gives a good positive answer. What about chrysalises? Yes, you CAN tell the difference with good eyes or … Continue reading

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Mistletoe and butterflies …

Did you know that there is a butterfly caterpillar that eats mistletoe leaves? It’s their only diet. Mistletoe is their host plant. The caterpillars look like the leaves of mistletoe. Do you see the caterpillar in the photo to the … Continue reading

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Eggs near aphids and caterpillars?

Why are eggs laid near aphids, other plant pests, and caterpillars? Simple. Butterflies and moths are attracted to their host plants by scent. When an aphid or other plant pest (including caterpillars) eat or drink from the plant, they damage … Continue reading

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