Posts Tagged ‘hackberry trees’

Two Tawny Emperors

 The more studying I do, the more confused I get.

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 Tawny emperor butterflies lay their eggs in hackberry trees.

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The butterflies sip nectar from flowers and will also feed on rotting fruit.

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Hackberry butterflies will land on me for the sweat.

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Both are “sap-flow” butterflies too, meaning they also feed on rotting fruit.

Both the tawny emperors and hackberry butterflies lay their eggs on leaves in the hackberry trees.

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Now for my problem. When I found this caterpillar on the side of the house, I thought for sure it was a tawny emperor caterpillar. Then I started researching it.

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Seems they’re hard to distinguish them from that of the hackberry butterfly.

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  Their pattern changes as they grow.  Two stripes along the body turn yellow. So, since they’re hard to distinguish one from the other, I’ll just enjoy each encounter.

Tawny emperor butterflies visit flowers.

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Hackberry butterflies go more for the rotting fruit, and other things like, ugh, animal droppings. I smash rotten bananas on the cistern where I can watch the activity from the picture window by my computer. The large tree in the picture is a hackberry tree.

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Robin Central

Rain continues to fall and is gradually increasing. I hear the robins chirping from where I sit by the picture window. A light breeze blows.

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I just realized one of the draws is the abundance of berries on, and fallen from the hackberry trees.

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The  robin actually stood still for a picture.

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Something in the bare spot draws their attention. (Five in the picture)

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A quiet reprieve with a view. Maybe it’s trying to decide where to feed next.

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Berries still remain on the hackberry trees. Maybe this robin prefers a higher perch.

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The sky reflecting in the water drops on the picture window changes the focus of the picture.

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Three-thirty and suddenly all is still … completely still.

One of Those Years

 A strong south wind blew, and leaves rained down from all of the hackberry trees in our  yard like they do in the fall … only it was the end of May!

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Several hackberry trees grow around our 2-acre yard. The one above is the largest; its crown measures  51 feet across.

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I looked up hackberry trees online and found out that they can have an over-abundance of galls that affect the leaves. Luckily, they don’t affect the health the tree. This is a first for me. I haven’t seen this happen in the almost 40 years we’ve lived here.

Apparently, this is one of those years.

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The picture above was taken the day before a strong wind blew all day. It really looked like fall!

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To say the galls were numerous would be an under statement.

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Not to mention all the various kinds.

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This is the underneath side of the one in the picture above.

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The insects that cause the galls are tiny.

IMG_0642 crop red I’m not sure, but I think these galls are different from the ones below.

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These are on a more woody part of the branch than the ones above.

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Only an occasional leaf falls in the wind that’s blowing now.