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July 17th, 2006, 10:35 AM
A Swallow-Tail visited this morning,isn't she pretty

July 17th, 2006, 10:38 AM
another pic..

July 17th, 2006, 11:39 AM
A monarch butterfly that my boys 'grew' in their bug catcher.

July 17th, 2006, 11:41 AM
Another pic. This is a male butterfly because it has two black dots on its wings and thinner black lines. The females has no dots and thicker black lines. It's amazing what you learn when you have kids! :D

July 17th, 2006, 11:43 AM
We had two chrysalis's. Here is a pic as the first one emerged.

July 17th, 2006, 11:46 AM
The two chrysalis's. Notice the gold dots and you can almost see the wings inside.

July 17th, 2006, 11:47 AM
And the caterpillar hanging upsaide down, getting ready to change.
The pics are all in the wrong order, but you get the idea!

July 17th, 2006, 06:45 PM
How can such beautiful butterflies come from such icky caterpillers? I wish we had Swallowtails in this area.

July 17th, 2006, 06:47 PM
Ah, beautiful pix Chico - reminds me of that wonderfully book, Hope for the Flowers (

July 17th, 2006, 10:29 PM
Great pics! Nature at it's best.:)

July 18th, 2006, 06:40 AM
Rivers,thank's for the info:thumbs up
I am sooo happy to see an abundance of butterflies this year,last year there were very few:thumbs up
Any new plant I buy has to attract butterflies.
CK,I am going to look at that site..
To an alcoholic(no drink for 15 yrs now)girlfriend of mine,who survived years of spousal abuse,the Butterfly is a symbol of freedom and survival.

July 18th, 2006, 09:08 PM
I'm suddenly reminded of the "butterfly kisses" we used to give as kids.:)

July 25th, 2006, 06:09 AM
A couple more butterfly pics from my garden..

July 25th, 2006, 06:12 AM
A small one,don't know if he too is considered a Monarch?

July 25th, 2006, 06:13 AM
and another Monarch,that's it for today!!

July 25th, 2006, 08:01 PM
I don't know my butterflies. Only recognize the Monarchs and the Swallowtails. So pretty!