Friday, October 8, 2010

Buckeye & Veronica for 'Blooming Friday'

A Common Buckeye caterpillar on my Veronica:


A Common Buckeye pupa (with cat undergoing transformation), attached to the Veronica:


A Common Buckeye butterfly that either (a) emerged from the pupa OR (b) layed the eggs from which the cats developed (a 'which came first: the butterfly or the eggs?!' conundrum):


...And for this week at Katarina's Blooming Friday, the theme of 'Used' just begged to be included with this threesome. Here is the empty Common Buckeye pupa, hollow and paper-thin, still attached by a thread to the Veronica:




Please visit Katarina's blog for Blooming Friday! Have a great weekend!


Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble

24 comments:

  1. Hi, Jan!
    What a gorgeous blue on that caterpillar. I don't believe I've ever seen an empty pupa before so that was very cool. Happy Friday.

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  2. Oh, Jan this is a very beautiful post!! Lucky you. . . I have never even seen a Buckeye . . . cater or butterfly. Wonderful photos!! Have a lovely weekend! ;>)

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  3. I'm struggling. It's a lovely sequence but I killed my Veronica (by mistake)and that makes me grumpy. Hm.

    Esther

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  4. I so enjoyed your photos showing the different stages in the life cycle of this lovely butterfly. The colours on the Buckeye are certainly what some would refer to as 'Fall colours' ... I just loved those great big 'eyes' on its' wings!

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  5. Here in new Zealand, in my school and homes, we plant swan plants for the Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.

    Thanks for visiting.

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  6. Hi Jan,

    I love the way you've combined the two memes together. There couldn't have been a better way to show "used". Beautiful butterfly...those eyes remind me of our Peacock Pansy butterfly.

    I'm so glad you stopped by yesterday. Will see you again:)

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  7. What great shots Jan. Love the butterfly and seeing it's stages.

    FlowerLady

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  8. It is always a pleasure to visit your blog Jan, one get both flora and fauna in one. Lovely/ Love Tyra

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  9. Lovely pictures. /Gela

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  10. Such splendid pictures !
    My heart is fluttering as I read your blog, and hope to return and visit often !
    Jo

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  11. Hi Jan, the empty pupa fits perfectly with Blooming Friday this week!
    Take care!

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  12. I like your "used" idea. It is always fascinating to see caterpillars turn from eating machines into beautiful insects!

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  13. Makes perfect sense! Lovely!
    Have a nice weekend
    Charlotta
    Cesars trädgård

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  14. Thank you for sharing your pictures. Lovely. God Bless You. Gunnel from North of Sweden.

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  15. Wow, what great shots you got.
    Way to go !!
    Never knew what the buckeye looked like...thanks for sharing.

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  16. A fabulous view of metamorphosis!

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  17. What a beautiful post. The a Buckeye right before our eyes. I new did see one before shots like yours. Thanks for being patient to get the images.

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  18. Buckeyes are such beautiful butterflies. It's been a treat to see so many, it's been such a good year for them.

    Hope you are having a good weekend!

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  19. Dear Jan, What a beautiful posting. It makes a lot of sense to me. I love your "thankful" statement at the end of each post. Pam x

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  20. These are amazing photos, Jan! I've seen lots of Buckeyes here this summer, but never a pupa or a caterpillar. Thanks for sharing!

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  21. I keep looking for some pupae on my veronica to no avail. They just love your beautiful garden!

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  22. Wow great pics for 'Three for Thursday'. I've never seen the common buckeye cats before, they have such unusual coloring. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  23. I bet that was thrilling to see that Buckeye in your garden. And even more exciting to capture on "film", so to speak. Great shots!

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  24. I am thankful for caterpillars that turn into beautiful butterflies. I enjoyed your photos!

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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