Sunday, July 26, 2009

Monarchs

You know it is bad when your Friday morning has you trying to figure out if your computer is on or is it off, crawling under your desk to check connections, pushing buttons in all combinations in fruitless attempts to get something -- anything! -- to happen. Various green lights were on all the components, but nothing displaying on the monitor. Even pushing the green-lit "off" button on the CPU couldn't make it change color or power off. The last resort - pull the plug from the wall. Well, that did the trick; at least it shut fully off. Holding my breath I plugged it back in. Yea! It boots and even let's me log on!


I'm still trying to recover from this especially tiring and trying week, so just a short post today with a few shots I took in our yard this weekend of monarch caterpillars and a butterfly.


The caterpillars spend their time on Butterflyweed, a milkweed species (Aesclepias), eating flower buds and leaves.




They extrude the most massive turds; you can see one coming out of the back end at the left of this photo. Both ends of the caterpillars have appendages, so it is hard to tell if they are coming or going, except when they are "going" like this one is. A couple of older turds are on the leaf below the caterpillar.




These are very fleshy and very flashy caterpillars, flashy to advertise their unpleasant flavor from the milkweed.



There really is a gorgeous monarch butterfly in this picture, hiding amongst the orange and purple of the coneflower. (Click on the picture to see it bigger.) Not that they need to hide. Like the caterpillars, the butterflies also advertise their unpleasant flavor to potential predators with their strikingly colorful black, orange, and white markings.

5 comments:

  1. Troublesome computers; I know all about them at the moment Wilma lol

    What a stunning looking caterpillar; great colours. And the butterfly, a real beauty.

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  2. I agree. Beautiful caterpillars they are.

    Glad to hear you sorted out your pc problem, Wilma.

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  3. The caterpillar is indeed colourful and love the beautiful monarch.

    Shantana

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  4. Keith, Dean, Shantana,

    Glad that you visited and that you liked the Monarchs. And thanks especially for the computer sympathy! ;-) Today got off to a much better start.

    cheers,
    Wilma

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