I can't believe I haven't posted to my blog since May :( It seems I've pushed it to the side, concentrating on too many other activities. While doing a web search, I came across some wonderful videos on youtube on butterfly life cycles or butterflies emerging. I'm always amazed at these wonderful creatures and how they transform from bulky caterpillars to graceful "birds". The first one is of the phoebis sennae, or cloudless sulfur. This is one of those small ones I absolutely love!
The second one is the Sonoran blue. It's wing span is actually only an inch or so. They're located on the west coast, but are similar in color to our eastern tail-blues
The third is the pipevine swallowtail. I can never get enough watching them pump the blood from their fat little bodies to their wings
I'll have to search for more lepidoptera videos to post. My personal preference would be to find either cecropia moth or imperial moth cocoons. It's difficult to find them locally, as they are pretty much gone from this area. I'll just have to keep on hunting :)