Friday, August 22, 2008

Just Call Me Nature Girl! Fx4

Some of you might remember these pics I took of a caterpillar we found in our yard awhile back. See the kooky markings that look like eyes and the antennae that looks like a snake tongue?
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My pal Andrea did a little Googling on it and told me she thought it was a Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar. Good researching Andrea!!

Anyway, this afternoon I was gazing out my kitchen window at some flowers I planted with Gooser last year. He was really into butterflies because his preschool had done a project where they raised caterpillars which became chrysalises and then butterflies (and were ultimately released for a symbolic Mother's Day ceremony) so we planted "butterfly bushes" to attract more to our yard.

So, as I said, I was looking out the window and I saw the most beautiful butterfly--I don't think I'd seen one that looked like this before--on our flowers. The kids and I went out to look at it and I got some decent pics:
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I was struck by the dramatic extensions at the bottom of the wing. The kids and I did some research and--guess what?--this is the butterfly that belongs to our weird caterpillar. More specifically--an adult male Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.

See what happens when you join Candid Carrie's Friday Foto Fiesta? You learn something new!! Thanks for stopping by and please refer to me as the nature detective from now on!!

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36 comments:

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

That is SO cool! The caterpillar is so neat-looking and the butterfly is gorgeous. Great story!

Ronda's Rants said...

I could have included science teacher in my brag of your blog! Beautiful butterfly, strange caterpillar...

Amy said...

That is super cool. I love those caterpillar pictures. It looks like they were taken with a macro lens you're so up close and personal.

Dee said...

Such an amazing butterfly, and how cutely weird is that caterpiller... thanks!

oº˚ Anissa ˚ºo said...

I've never seen those before -- such beautiful colors. Beautiful pictures. Come by and check out my new hobby and I getting everything together to host blog of the month -- will probaly start it this weekend.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

WOW, now that is awesome!!! Great research! Awesome story!

MORNING!!

- Jennifer

Shannon said...

I much prefer looking at the butterfly over the caterpillar. That thing is too freaky! But the butterfly is very pretty.

I'm thinking Shane's next project is to plant a butterfly bush in our backyard!

Lori said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I bet all the little boy caterpillars who made fun of her when she was a weird-looking kid are sorry they did now.

Kori said...

Awesome pics. And the catepillar was a little creepy looking. But the Butterfly is beautiful.

Nik said...

You couldn't ask for a better learning lesson than that!

What a gorgeous butterfly! I have to say creepy caterpiller though...*shiver*

Karen said...

Really cool photos.

Really weird looking caterpillar, but boy, does it turn into one beautiful butterfly!!!

JWilson said...

Wow, I can't believe you were able to get those pictures. It is a beautiful butterfly.

Missy said...

What a funky, cool catepillar!!! Love the pics!

Tabi said...

What awesome pics!! How cool is it that you got to actually see the final results!! Beautiful!

Susie said...

Those are great pictures!!! No wonder you liked my Spider Cake:-) Thanks for stopping by:-)

christie said...

Wow, I did learn something new today. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

beautiful!! But that caterpillar still creeps me out!

Sunshine said...

I totally thought the caterpillar wasn't real at first! Cuz I guess I had never seen a caterpillar face so very, very detailed. WOW. What kind of camera do you have???! Very wow!

We looove the caterpillars and butterflies...My daughter is like the butterfly whisperer...:)

Lauren said...

Very pretty butterfly!!!

Rhonda said...

Is that caterpillar real?? Weird! lol

Kori said...

Those are great shots; I love the markings on the caterpillar, and the butterly is stunning. When I was in Seattle, they have a Butterflies and Blooms exhibit at the Woodland Park Zoo-you get to walk in to this warm, airy place like a greenhouse filled with gorgous flowers and if you are quiet, you can hear the wings of the butteflies, and they will land on you if you are still. May favorite exhibit, I think.

leezee52 said...

The most awesome photos I have ever seen!
Have a great week-end!

Lee :)

~~tonya~~ said...

Beautiful butterfly!! The caterpillar however looks like a toy; looks fake. Very cool.

Kelly said...

So very cool; what a great science project - even though you didn't know you were doing!!

Nichole and Scott said...

Ok, your picture and comments have been on each blog I've read today. I had to stop by and see yours too. I'm so glad I did. WOW WOW WUBBZY as my daughter would say. Talk about the Ugly duckling that turned into a swan. It's so pretty! What a cool mom you are to plant a bush to attract more butterflies.

Insane Mama said...

What a great caterpillar and story

jen721 said...

Beautiful butterfly. How did you get it to stay that still?

Z's Mom said...

That is AWESOME! I'm so impressed! Are you a professional photographer....because you should be.....seriously...if I ever find some poor sap to marry me will you be our wedding photographer?

BoufMom9 said...

Well, if that isn't the coolest! How neat to actually see the butterfly too!

CaraBee said...

Those pictures are amazing! That caterpillar freaked me out a little, though. I'm not much for bugs.

Jennifer said...

thank you everybody!

Karla-I was planning to be a photog major but I didn't get along well with the teacher so I was a lit. Major and photog minor!

Kelly said...

Oh, BTW, I put in the umlaut yesterday by going into a word document and inserting a symbol (that being the umlaut) and cut and pasted into my post...so not so technical, but it works!

noble pig said...

Those pics are so cool, and scary..that tongue! But the butterfly, wow, so majestic.

wehave9 said...

The caterpillar looks like it is a photo on a computer or a video game. Very cool!

Debbie said...

Great pictures. I remember studying this in school and found the transformation fascinating. How wonderful to see the butterfly from your caterpillar.

Thank you for sharing the pictures.

Dreams Come True said...

Those pictures are awesome! How nice,too, that it happens to be the same animal!