A snout butterfly (Libytheana carinenta) flew into my butterfly garden and landed near me.
It’s obvious it got its name from the long labial palps (mouth parts on either side of its proboscis).
It looks like it’s been a while since the ragged butterfly emerged.
They have a 1 3/8 to 2 inch wingspan and lay their eggs in hackberry trees (several grow in our yard.)
It flew away to I don’t know where.
Rocks edged all my gardens until I reduced the number of gardens and made a pile with the rocks.
Obviously, spiders like the rock pile. The spiders living among the rocks are wolf spiders (which have a painful bite.)
I wish I could’ve seen the spider spin this web. It’s so graceful in its simplicity.
Some spiders will wait for passing prey in or near the mouth of the burrow.
Taking their picture poses a problem too … they usually stay down in their tunnel.
They do tend to blend in with their surroundings.
Their drab coloring makes them difficult to see. They depend on camouflage for protection.
They are nocturnal. All the webs in my rock pile are taken down every morning and rebuilt later in the day.
I never did get a good look at this spider … so I was never sure if this was an abdomen or egg sac.
The female carries her eggs in an egg sac, which is attached to her spinnerets. The newly-hatched young climb up on her back and stay there until they’re big enough to be on their own. I haven’t seen one with an egg sac or with young.
I wrote this blog earlier and didn’t get it posted. I’d rather post it now instead of waiting until next summer.
This is one of my favorite times of the year, when the fruit rots when I put it out for the butterflies. Some summers the butterfly numbers are low, and others they’re just the opposite.
The one above is a question mark. You can tell by the small gold question mark on the underside of its hindwing.
Tawny emperor (a ragged one)
The red admiral butterfly has visited the rotting fruit. It didn’t pose for a picture, so I had to find one in my picture files.
Red spotted purple
Most are hackberry butterflies.
Five tawny emperors, one viceroy (orange one that resembles a monarch butterfly), and a red spotted purple. There’s usually butterflies on the fruit for several hours, unless it’s raining.
Their numbers continued to increase until now when only 10 – 15 visit a day
I recently started going for mornings walks around our backyard about 7 a.m. to look for spider webs.
Then Sunday morning (October 3) I woke to a dense fog. It didn’t take me long to get outside with my camera. I couldn’t see the back of the yard from the house. We have two acres.
Obviously, there were the “common-shaped” webs. I found ones in all sizes, from the small ones to ones from three feet in diameter.
Some weren’t completely finished. This one looked like it came apart near the center.
This web was in the magnolia tree. It looks like a tangled “mess” that would capture prey.
How can this web hold its shape with all the multi-sized drops lining every strand?
I wonder how long silk will remain from the web.
I saw a few webs like this one up to three feet tall.
This web is designed to capture insects that enter the separated area.
I wondered if this web was completed or if it was what remained.
The hackberry tree above appeared practically covered with webs, especially at the top.
These are only a few of the 240 pictures I took that morning!
What I don’t understand now is, “where did all the spiders go?” Where had all the spiders been before this web-a-thon? I only found three webs the next morning and one this morning.
I’m back! We’ve had company, and they kept me busy a lot of the time. The best medicine after they left was to walk around the yard, checking what and who’s here, and what’s blooming.
The monarch butterfly and
the painted lady both like the sedum.
The silver-spotted skipper is quite a common skipper. They visit a variety of flowers.
The clouded Sulphur also likes the sedums. It’s obvious I have a lot of sedum, and a lot of butterflies in a good butterfly year in my gardens.
I know there’s been others I’ve missed while entertaining company.
The picture window by my computer offers a good view of this huge hackberry tree.
Hackberry trees are one of the host plants for the caterpillar of the snout butterfly.
Their name “snout” refers to the elongated mouth parts (labial palpi).
They lay their eggs singly in hackberry trees (Celtis sp.). The adults also visit flowers, mud puddles and other moist areas. The one above was nectaring on catmint (Nepeta sp.) in the garden.
.I’m glad to be back. I missed the blogging and my followers.
This hackberry tree grows in our backyard, close to the house. Hackberry butterflies lay their eggs on hackberry leaves.
They sip nectar from honeysuckle flowers and
from the white coneflowers. The butterfly in the picture above is a tawny emperor. It also lays eggs in hackberry trees. Both species feed on fermenting fruit, tree sap and animal droppings