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Old 03-25-2015, 12:46 AM   #1681
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Aw, you still have the cute ladybugs (or ladybirds, like the old Nursery rhyme; or ladybeetles, like we called them in OH since they really are "beetles") that are more red and have fewer dots. That kind here got upstaged by a different variety that is a little bigger, more orange, full of dots...and stinks to high heaven when you squish one. If you want more pictures, just come visit us. We have them crawling all over the inside of our east- and south-facing windows. There have been times we have dozens swarming all over a window. *sigh* Still, you took a really nice pic.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:06 AM   #1682
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Like this one, CG? I took this pic around the same time, they do look a little different. At least they all keep the aphid population down on my flowers.
We don't have them all over windows, though....I wouldn't like that either.
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Old 03-25-2015, 01:44 AM   #1683
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Actually, ours are more orange than that. Like an orange - the fruit - orange. Maybe your two ladybeetles mated and sent their babies to MA?
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Old 03-25-2015, 02:47 AM   #1684
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This isn't a picture but a couple of things the above posts bought to mind.
When our son was in preschool he came home proudly announcing that he knew how to spell "Indian". I thought that was quite advanced for a preschooler until he said "NDN".
Also we had a picture of him in a little sunsuit. I kept that all through the years. When his son was about the same age, I mailed it to our son. He took a picture of his son wearing the same sunsuit. Then when he outgrew it, he sent it back to me for safekeeping. I suppose you can tell the previous posts got me remembering things from our past.
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Old 03-25-2015, 10:48 AM   #1685
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The Monarchs have been busy -- this is a Monarch caterpillar on a milkweed stem. The little green balls to his right are frass, the butterfly word for poop.
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Old 03-25-2015, 11:38 AM   #1686
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The Monarchs have been busy -- this is a Monarch caterpillar on a milkweed stem. The little green balls to his right are frass, the butterfly word for poop.
Yay! and learned a new word.
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Old 03-25-2015, 12:06 PM   #1687
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Yay! and learned a new word.
This forum gives us quite an education. Did the butterfly talk to her telling her what words they use? ruuuunning! Oh how I hate such short legs.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:37 PM   #1688
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The Monarchs have been busy -- this is a Monarch caterpillar on a milkweed stem. The little green balls to his right are frass, the butterfly word for poop.
That's a really nice pic, tinlizzie. I've been seeing some Monarchs around here lately.
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Old 03-26-2015, 07:46 PM   #1689
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Monarch caterpillars can frass all over my milkweed, or anything else. Have at it, little guys!
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Old 03-27-2015, 08:36 AM   #1690
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Thanks, folks. Here's some more information on Monarchs -- a Google site expained that as the caterpillar progresses in its stages, each phase is called an 'instar.' After eating constantly until reaching its full size, the caterpillar suspends itself in a 'J' shape, which lasts for only a day or so before it turns into the chrysalis, like the one on the right. Sad to say, that one, which began as an emerald green with golden dots, just turned black and never progressed to a hatch. The next one did, though.

Oooo, CW - talkin' dirty!
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