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Happenings in the insect world
by Denise Shreeve
on October 3, 2012 at 5:03 AM
Fantastic photos - as usual!
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on October 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM
Thanks very much!
by Kathy Garvey
on October 3, 2012 at 8:41 AM
Your photos and commentary are wonderful. Thank you so much for your posts. I have never seen a butterfly actually laying an egg. (from another Kathy Garvey)
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on October 3, 2012 at 9:35 AM
Thanks! And it's nice to hear from another Kathy Garvey!
by Jim Gonsman
on October 3, 2012 at 9:39 AM
The story of the Gulf Fritillary is fascinating, it being here with a single, non-native plant as it's only larval food source. How did it get here and then thrive? Eggs must have hitchhiked on imported plants. We would have to call it an invasive species but, apparently, one without detrimental effects on native species. Most invasives are generalists eating lots of things and displacing natives that are more beneficial. Not the Gulf Fritillary. Amazing. Are there others with a similar story?
by Dawn
on October 3, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Great pictures!! I have a had a full blown nursery going for these guys for the last month and a half. We have found cocoons everywhere. I have noticed that sometimes when the butterflies emerge there is quite a bit of red blood that leaks out of the cocoons too. It appears to happen randomly. Are you aware of this and perhaps know why??
by Linda Haque
on October 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM
From the look on her face, it seems like mom is asking, "A little privacy, please?" !!
Reply by Kathy Keatley Garvey
on October 8, 2012 at 2:36 PM
Hi, it's amazing actually seeing the egg. I've seen photos on the web indicating that an egg is being laid (usually a back shot of the butterfly or one taken from far, far away), but this one clearly shows the process. More Gulf Frits!
by Johann B. Amago
on September 6, 2013 at 2:52 AM
I think that is really harder to catch a butterfly but i really have to do it for our assignment
by Fay Stout
on September 11, 2016 at 11:20 AM
Amazing! I have never seen this before! I was just out in my little garden shooting Fritillary caterpillars and after doing some "googling" I came across these wonderful photos! Excellent! I have shared these with my nature photo club that I am a member of! Thank you!
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