Tag Archive | Butterflies

A Queen is Born!

A Queen is Born!

The queen caterpillars we found on our milkweed plants have grown, pupated and are about to hatch. We see one of the chrysalids (butterfly pupa) turn from a spring green to a dark color signifying the impending birth of the adult butterfly. Soon the butterfly breaks free of the chrysalis, hangs on to the shell […]

Voracious Caterpillars

Voracious Caterpillars

My wonderful wife, Anne, ventures out one morning to check on the milkweed plants growing alongside our home. To her dismay the leaves on the milkweeds are nearly gone. Upon closer examination, Anne discovers the reason why. There are a dozen or so monarch caterpillars on the plants eating the leaves, the seed pod casings […]

Mating Monarchs

Mating Monarchs

I caught these two butterflies in action. Once the eggs are fertilized, the female will seek members of the milkweed family to lay its eggs. It will not be long before the eggs hatch and we find caterpillars munching on the milkweeds in our garden.

Delightful Discovery Part 2

It is not long before one of the queen caterpillars spins a wad of silk on a twig and attaches its last set of pro-legs to the silky sac. ¬†¬†Hanging like a bat, the caterpillar sheds its skin and transforms into a lime green pupa called a chrysalis. It is in this chrysalis that the […]

Delightful Discovery!

My adorable wife Anne comes through the front door excitedly and announces that there are caterpillars on our milkweed plants, but they are not monarchs. She tells me they look similar but seem to be another species. I follow her to the corner of our house where a sickly milkweed plant is struggling to survive […]

The Delaware Skipper

While photographing a wild aster a Delaware skipper landed on a flower, much to my delight. Like butterflies and moths, skippers are in the lepidoptera family of insects. There are many species of skippers; most of them are small and usually dull colors of orange-brown and tan. Most skippers resemble a F-22 Raptor jet fighter. […]

Exotic Butterflies in Maryland

Tropical rainforest butterflies float over flowerbeds seeking the sweet nectar the blossoms produce. Morpho butterflies, iridescent sky blue above and brownish below land on a tray with rotting fruit to sip the salts and nutrients from soft bananas, pears and watermelon. Owl butterflies with large eye spots to scare predators also enjoy the produce. Zebra […]