Thursday, May 3, 2018

Spring is here

After having snow just a couple weeks ago, spring has taken off. Ephemeral wildflowers are all in bloom. yesterday I was out and saw trout lilies (interestingly enough, I only ever saw the white ones back in Minnesota/ Wisconsin, whereas here in Michigan, I have only seen yellow) hepatica, spring beauty, dutchmans breeches, waterleaf, and wild leeks (ramps). I also saw may apples and skunk cabbage popping up.

Butterfly season appears to be starting too. It will still be a while before monarchs return and silkmoths and swallowtails hatch. But I saw viceroy caterpillars out of their hibernacula, had some commas and red admirals in my butterfly trap, and saw lots of little webs of eastern tent caterpillars. These annoy people, but are actually native and seldom kill trees as they mature in plenty of time for trees to leaf back out after being defoliated by the little buggers.
Eastern tent caterpillar

Viceroy caterpillar

Skunk cabbage and May apples

Hepatica

Monday, April 23, 2018

Due to time availability and life changes, I haven't added anything to my blog in some time. I relocated to Southwest Michigan a couple years ago. I am starting to work hard on getting my butterfly stuff ready for this year. The winter that would't die seems to finally be loosening it's reigns. I would expect to see the types of butterflies that overwinter as adults soon (Commas, questionmarks, Mourning cloaks and others. but It will likely still be a month or so till swallowtails and monarchs will be seen, and a little bit longer before Saturniidae moths are out.  I will try to regularly keep updated on what is going on with my butterfly stuff regularly this spring so check back.