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Silly question - butterfly or moth?
#110659 July 21st, 2005 at 02:01 AM
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I'm embarrassed that I don't know the difference! I mean, some of these are pretty, but are the size of a moth, and could be a moth...I dunno? Of course there are some you can definitely tell are butterflies laugh but I keep wondering about the 'flying pretties'. Here's one I got today on my spearmint-

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#110660 July 21st, 2005 at 02:24 AM
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HI Mary wavey its hard to tell it blends in real well with the blooms but my guess would be butterfly since it is on you butterfly bush.i do not see many moths out during the day.they just seem to try and get in my house at night laugh thats a very nice photo. your friend in gardening.mike57 wavey flw flw


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I think it's pretty. Don't have a clue as to what it is. But I like it.


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#110662 July 21st, 2005 at 11:17 AM
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It looks like a flutterby to me. laugh Moths generally do the night, dusk and dawn visits while butterflies are daytime visitors.


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#110663 July 21st, 2005 at 11:50 AM
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cool site, thanks! That definitely helps.

I can ID the moths that somehow get in the house and try to fly in my face while I'm here at night laugh but wasn't sure about those in the yard - like sometimes I'd see an all-white one...I'm used to seeing nothing but Monarchs in NY - so I guess that's what threw me for a loop wink Thanks wink


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#110664 July 27th, 2005 at 12:52 AM
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Well right along with this tipic is my question.....I was sitting on my couch admireing the petunias on the window when this thing.....ugly as sin......looked like a cross between a hummingbird, a wasp and giant moth came flying in and was sticking a sucker down in to my petunias. It was awful looking but interesting. My mother in law said what have you dont mutated the hummers around here? She blames me for everything. :p I do not have a picture and the thing has not come back but do you all have any idea what it might have been?


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#110665 July 27th, 2005 at 04:06 AM
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Was it a cicada?

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#110666 July 27th, 2005 at 05:09 AM
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here is a good site w/ lots of photos...

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#110667 July 27th, 2005 at 09:21 AM
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I looked and cannot find that bugger. I honestly think it was a mutant. lol Thanks that sight was great. It helped me identify some of the butterflies here on my bush. Found out that one of them is not common for Indiana at all. If I get a picture I can report it to them.


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#110668 July 27th, 2005 at 04:10 PM
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Gardencrazy, that link was awesome!! I had no idea about some of those things.. like there is a difference between a cocoon & a chrysalis.. I thought it was just a different name for the same thing. But nope, I learned something new today! Thanks! So, I guess the one that my kid has right now, is a moth in a cocoon! laugh

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#110669 July 27th, 2005 at 07:00 PM
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I beleive what you saw,Karrie,was a Hummingbird Moth

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#110670 July 28th, 2005 at 12:26 AM
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Interesting indeed! You nailed it G-mom! He is here again today. I am going to try to get a picture of the little bugger but he moves nonstop!


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#110671 July 28th, 2005 at 10:12 PM
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Here ya go,Karrie. I took this one in my yard...

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#110672 July 29th, 2005 at 10:04 AM
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Their big little buggers arent they?


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#110673 July 29th, 2005 at 10:07 AM
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Oh yeah G-mom that link says "how to rear these moths" Why would you want to?


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#110674 August 8th, 2005 at 10:04 AM
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When moths sit still it's with both their wings out.

When butterflies sit, it's with their wings closed and straight up.


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