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What kind of B fly is this ?

This is a discussion on What kind of B fly is this ? within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Duh...pushed the wrong button. Meant to include the picture... Julie...

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    Duh...pushed the wrong button. Meant to include the picture...

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    I can see how this could become another ... Hobby! thats the word . Do you still have your collectiion . I hope so . It is beautiful . Did you collect all of them ? Thanks to all , You are sure up on the B flys and nailed what it is . Lets start a tree rat... tail collection Gin

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    I just took that picture today, so yes I still have them. They stay in a closet because light will fade the colors. I drag them out about once every two years. Today was the day I guess.

    Yup, caught all those myself and even raised some of them from egg stage to caterpillar to adult.

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    Been collecting since I was maybe seven. Not since college for myself, however. I've been helping friend's kids get started and buying larvae and pupae and showing them how to hatch them.

    It's so great sharing a love of flutter by's with other kids!!

    Kids unite!!

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    One of my coolest experiences was with a Cecropia moth I hatched from a cocoon. After it hatched, I put it outside in a cage. It attracted a male, so I let him in the cage. They did their thing (I watched too ), she laid eggs, they all hatched and I raised a whole bunch of them. They grew up, went into their cocoons and hatched the following spring.

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    Let's make it unanimous. After seeing Matt's photos, I am convinced of the identity as a giant swallowtail--a species I've never seen. Kev's pix helped me, too.


    I've never collected b'flies. Skittles, if you're unaware, there are some fairly good books out now on ID-ing butterflies with binoculars. Anyway, I don't condemn you for collecting them--butterflies don't live very long under even ideal conditions. (Some collecting does bug me.) Hmm, bug--interesting choice of words! LOL

    So, who here grows Swamp Milkweed (or any other Asclepias) for monarchs besides me?


    Cheers,

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    Like I said, I don't collect them anymore. Those are all from my childhood. I couldn't see the point in just throwing them away because they really are beautiful and bring back lots of fond memories.

    I so rarely even see butterflies anymore (like fireflies, haven't seen one in eons) that I couldn't bring myself to kill it.

    And yes, I grow swamp milkweed. I have the pink and a really nice white variety. It smells like vanilla.

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    Monarchs love butterfly bushes to boot. I used to get hundreds in my yard late summer as they migrated through.

    My funniest collecting story is from college. I took a bugs course and we had to collect over 40 different species, dry, mount, etc. We each had our preferred method of execution. Some popped the critter in the freezer. I went the lethal chemical route.

    We each had one "star" of our collection - the critter we were most proud to have bagged. Mine was a predacious diving water beetle. They carry a bubble of air under their wings that they use as an air tank underwater. That way they can swim around longer in search of food. My buddy had a praying mantis as his star bug.

    We were crunched during the last week of the class trying to get to 40 and get everybody dead and mounted in time and...welll...sometimes we were hasty. We used these hinged covered boxes, something like a fancy cigar box, so we turned in all these covered boxes to our professor. As she opened each one, she got to my friends and just stared. And stared. We all looked in and we stared and stared.

    Apparently praying mantis's have a natural substance in their bodies similar to glycerin - it acts like anti-freeze. This guy's overnight in the freezer knocked him out, but didn't kill him. He came back to after being mounted. What we saw in the box was a very alive praying mantis swinging around on his pin. He'd eaten all the other nearby bugs off of their pins in a circular perimeter of destruction!
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    I really like the milk weeds , I have a couple in the yard . When we were on the river there were a lot of them in the hay field , I made the hay people mow around them, it did not make them happy . I did not have to do the bug collecting in school . But (they) did the live frog thing , I cut the class . I did collect a few butter flys when a kid . The one thing I have a fit about is bird collecting , catching them stopping the heart and (gag) stuffing them . I better before I go on a rant . I did work for a Vet, and am not squimish can suture ect. have a thing about dead birds . G

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    Bird collecting is NOT the same! I'm quite happy that I didn't know it was done before now (killing/stuffing anyway.)

    My grandmother was a bio professor and an ornithologist and her collection was of dead birds (flew into windows, etc.) She kept them in a second freezer in the basement. As a kid I delighted in asking to see Nana's Birdseye frozen birds. (I thought I was so clever!)
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