When a body meets a body coming through the…
Black Swallowtail caterpillar fit to pupate.
The Asteroid, AKA Goldenrod Hooded Owlet.
A reprise of the Common Buckeye caterpillar.
Five were seen in the same small patch.
The blue spines!
Our old friend the Monarch. On the same day, two days ago, a female was laying eggs nearby. This has not been a great year for Monarch caterpillars in Green-Wood.
An addendum to last Friday’s post on Tiger Swallowtails.
This is a brand new chrysalis.

This is hard to read, but the unspeakable has become our reality.

6 Responses to “Cats!”

  1. 1 chuxpix65 September 19, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Sometimes the stories in my news feed line up in co-incidental ways.
    This article was right next to your post today.

  2. 2 alaspooryorick September 19, 2019 at 7:54 am

    the common buckeye! beautiful photos!

  3. 3 tilda2 September 19, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Thank you for the link to the article. While it was difficult to read (unbelievable that we’ve sunk to these depths) everyone needs to read it and be aware of where we are today.
    Still looking for those checks and balances.

  4. 4 Rebecca McMackin September 19, 2019 at 10:21 am

    So cool! What were the buckeye’s on? This is in NYC? I always wonder if they’re reproducing here, but seemingly so?

    Rebecca McMackin
    Director of Horticulture
    Brooklyn Bridge Park

    • 5 mthew September 19, 2019 at 12:40 pm

      Green-Wood, last week. Some many Buckeyes around, surprised I’ve only seen this batch of caterpillars — in a mixed weedy patch that hadn’t been mown in the cemetery.

      Re Wagner common food plants include s”napdragon and acanthus families, including plantain, gerardia, Ruellia, snapdragon and toadflax.”

      He also says no stage of the butterfly are able to withstand freezing, so have to colonize their summer range.

  5. 6 Susan September 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Excellent photos! I probably would never be able to view this without your blog. Thanks

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