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Offline Cawatcher

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1035 on: June 13, 2019, 05:15:59 AM »
Very instructive Thank you Deb !

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1036 on: June 13, 2019, 06:50:03 PM »
Day 13,  today seemed like a slow day for the caterpillar,  not moving much-  well i checked on it just before I left for home and now I know why,  it had a growth spurt, well kinda.  It molted and left its skin still behind.  It won't be long now

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1037 on: June 14, 2019, 08:03:36 PM »
Day 14 was a major growth spurt.  The hungry caterpillar ate through a leaf this morning and was ready for another tonight.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1038 on: June 14, 2019, 08:51:08 PM »
Just a munching machine

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1039 on: June 14, 2019, 09:19:08 PM »
Wow!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1040 on: June 14, 2019, 11:03:40 PM »
Voracious appetite!    :thumbup:
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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1041 on: June 15, 2019, 07:34:57 PM »
Day 15 and it is power eating,  it must eat all night long.  I had one other caterpillar go into its chrysalis today so it won't be long for this one.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1042 on: June 16, 2019, 07:12:07 PM »
Day 16,  no penny today in the picture.  This is the last day of being a caterpillar,  it is up on the top of the lid and it is spinning a little bit of silk and then will attach to form its chrysalis. 

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1043 on: June 17, 2019, 05:01:17 PM »
I had a nice day so I decided to head out to the prairie for a hike and to look for the Northern Rough-winged Swallows that make their nest in  the holes in the sandbanks.  From Cornell Lab of Ornithology - they get their name because minuscule hooks on the leading edge of their primary feathers. Running a finger along the edge of the feather from base to the tip feels like touching a rough file.  They are very good flyers, found often by water where they hunt insects in midair.  They have a long body with a  smaller head and bill.  They spend the winter in Mexico and Central America.  I really enjoyed my time watching them fly in and out of their burrow (makes me think they were taking food to their young),  another trip is required to check.  Catching them in flight was my challenge for the day.  The sky was nice and blue and there was some lovely prairie flowers blooming on the top of the bank called Yellow toadflax.  Patience grasshopper kept going through my head as I took photo after photo of blurry swallows, finally I got lucky and felt satisfied with  a couple.  Hiking along I woke up a nice young buck white tailed deer,  he stopped and looked back at me before he bounded off.  Another wonderful grassland bird is the Dickcissel.  They sure belt out a a wonderful song,  they look almost like a small meadowlark with a thicker bill.







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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1044 on: June 17, 2019, 05:23:20 PM »
Good education and Nice photos!

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1045 on: June 17, 2019, 06:02:17 PM »
Day 17 is the start of hanging upside down for 10 days. It will molt its skin for the last time and be in the chrysalis for the next 10 days as it goes through and amazing transformation inside that chrysalis and then emerge as the monarch butterfly.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1046 on: June 18, 2019, 03:26:57 AM »
fantastic photos Deb! :thumbup:

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1047 on: June 18, 2019, 05:48:00 AM »
Over night the caterpillar went into its chrysalis.  Day 18 is the chrysalis and the skin from the last molt. 

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1048 on: June 18, 2019, 08:52:45 AM »
What an amazing process!  Thank you for the daily photos.

Love the Dickcissel photo too, hope to see one someday.

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Re: My Nebraska
« Reply #1049 on: June 18, 2019, 10:42:19 PM »
Deb, this series would make a very good science lesson for many students and people of all ages.    :nod2
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