Thursday Morning Captures

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Eagles And Butterfly Caterpillars

The most memorable thing about this summer is my wife learning to raise Monarch Butterflies. She has raised and released about 75 so far. We reworked a couple flower beds by the house last spring. She planted butterfly host plants. Milkweed of several varieties. i actually don’t know what all. It has been a delight to have a Monarch on the mexican sunflowers by our back porch almost anytime I look out, along with swallowtails, skippers and the rare painted ladies. I finally grabbed the macro lens and photographed a few stages of the butterfly stages before they change in to butterflies. After the eagle pics their is a monarch caterpillar feeding on milkweed in its last caterpillar stage. They will crawl off to another plant and J-Hang as in the second pic. Quickly transforming in to a chrysalis where they remain for 8-10 days before eclosing into a butterfly. The forth and fifth pics are off a black swallow tail caterpillar in a young stage and a later stage. Have not been able to spot a swallowtail chrysalis yet. It is amazing how fast the caterpillars can devour a plant…

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Eagle Fluffed

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Active Mornings At An Eagles Nest

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Early Morning Eagles

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