This caterpillar was found on the milkweed plants in my patio. I was very excited to find several of them.
On the Move
This Monarch caterpillar was on the milkweed plant in my patio. I had planted the plants 3 years ago, hoping to attract the Monarchs and host their young. To my knowledge these are the first "babies" I have had here. Very excited, and hope the birds don't get them!
This is another view of the Monarch larvae I'm hosting in my patio. Fingers crossed that they succeed in growing up and flying away!
Monarch Change of Life
This image shows one Monarch pupae and one caterpillar preparing to pupate. These are from the 5 caterpillars I found on my milkweed plants. They have been kept safe in a net enclosure intended for this purpose. I hope soon to have 5 Monarch butterflies emerge into the world.
Transformation Before My Eyes
This image is of a Monarch Butterfly pupae, having gone from bright green to quite translucent, showing the butterfly within. After photographing this pupae, within 15 minutes the butterfly emerged.
This Monarch butterfly recently emerged from the pupae, and after resting and drying its wings, fluttered to this milkweed plant on which it had fed as a caterpillar. I opened the net enclosure so it could fly.
Free At Last!
This was the first Monarch butterfly that emerged from the 5 pupae I have been monitoring. I took a few shots of it, and came back a few minutes later and it was gone! How soon they leave home and forget us ;-)
Just Hanin' On
This Monarch butterfly was the second one to emerge today, 3 more to go in the near future. After it emerged and dried, it was on this seed pod of a milkweed plant, and stayed for a long time.
The Last Monarch
Yesterday the last of my 5 Monarch Butterflies emerged from its chrysalis and was set free to go out there in the big wide world. So now I'm experiencing empty-nest syndrome ;-)
First Look at the World
This is a view of my last Monarch Butterfly after I transferred it out of the net enclosure where it lived from caterpillar to butterfly. I put it by this milkweed pod and it grabbed on and faced the real world. Later I looked out and it was gone.
Common Green Darners
Out birding at San Jacinto Wildlife area today, mating dragonflies were everywhere. Most of them didn't want to share this private moment, so these Green Darners were the only ones I managed to photograph.
Resting on Lavender
This Zebra Heliconian was sitting on a spear of lavender at the butterfly exhibit at the Living Desert in Palm Desert, CA.
Bumble Bee in the Wild Rose ~ This was a very big and fuzzy bumblebee. I think it is a Common Eastern Bumblebee, based on my field guide. It was photographed in Colorado, and it definitely looks different from my California bees.
Dragonfly at Bolsa Chica ~ While birding at Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve in Orange County, I saw this dragonfly. Seen at larger sizes, the intricate patterns of its wings are very beautiful. I believe this is a Common Green Darner, adult male.
White Line Sphynx Moth ~ This moth visited my patio one morning, so of course I had to grab my camera.
Flame Skimmer Dragonfly
Photographed at the ponds at Whitewater Canyon Preserve in southern California.
Flame Skimmer Resting
This pretty dragonfly was patrolling over the ponds at Whitewater Canyon Preserve, and finally rested long enough for me to take a few shots of it.
Green & Black
This beautiful butterfly was photographed at the butterfly exhibit at San Diego Safari Park.
Beauty in White
This beautiful white butterfly was photographed in the butterfly display at San Diego Safari Park.
Busy as a...Wasp
This shot shows three of about 20 wasps that were working around the nest while I was photographing them.
I was birding at San Jacinto Wildlife Area, and noted many dragonflies. For the most part they were patrolling the ponds, not alighting on the shore or plants. Several pairs were mating in flight. This pair finally settled on some grass in the water. The lower one is half-submerged in the water, probably laying eggs, and is reflected below.