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@Odd Duck Florida 😁 Thank you for the i.d. Now I can google it and find out which of the weeds I call flowers they are attracted too. Quite a few of these have picked that spot on the house to emerge the last couple of years so am curious as to what makes it so special. It's not sheltered and is right next to the water spigot. 

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On 8/20/2021 at 2:25 PM, Kara C said:

@Odd Duck Florida 😁 Thank you for the i.d. Now I can google it and find out which of the weeds I call flowers they are attracted too. Quite a few of these have picked that spot on the house to emerge the last couple of years so am curious as to what makes it so special. It's not sheltered and is right next to the water spigot. 

I’m certain mine are laying eggs on my passionflower vine.  I see the females doing that dip, dip, dip, where they only land very briefly and not on the flowers.  I find pupae all over the passionflower vine and around it.  The adults also collect nectar from a variety of flowers.

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To continue the butterfly topic...here are two butterflies-to-be I have encountered yesterday in a city park. Never seen these before, so had to google them.  Identified the first one as an elephant hawk-moth caterpillar. ~3.5" long, almost ~3/5" in diameter. Not the prettiest of caterpillars, but adult moth are very pretty in their bright pink and yellow colors.

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The second one is a stinging nettle slug caterpillar, colorful as a clown, capable of stinging, and supposed to grow to a very unremarkable small brown moth.

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Last night I went out and filmed the sunset.20210924_193626.jpg.3a218231685cc2b8242d4840b558f284.jpg

Earlier this week I filmed the moonrise.20210921_203912.jpg.3d2e2b5a3acf046235e5112bfb5cb088.jpg

Currently, we are watching the storm tracker, so I can go film lightning.

I was **supposed** to be editing film today, but the internet was glitchy and I kept having massive technological issues with everything I attempted, so getting out seemed to be the best idea.... after I finished tank maintenance 😅

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I found this guy in my apartment last night 😲. How on Earth did it get here is a mystery, as my place is not exactly in a tropical paradise where house geckos are common...and I have not seem them sold as pets here. 

I hope the little fella finds its way to survive and be around and chirp its chirpy calls from time to time.

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On 9/30/2021 at 8:41 PM, Fonske said:

I found this guy in my apartment last night 😲. How on Earth did it get here is a mystery, as my place is not exactly in a tropical paradise where house geckos are common...and I have not seem them sold as pets here. 

I hope the little fella finds its way to survive and be around and chirp its chirpy calls from time to time.

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Looks like you have a new roommate on pest patrol!

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On 9/30/2021 at 9:06 PM, Fonske said:

I really hope so, I find these little lizards adorable and very welcome roommates! Not sure it is going to work long-term though, the air getting cold and very dry here... and not too many bugs to eat. 

I may or may not have been known to buy crickets for similar roommates in the past. I may, or may not have also set up a heat pad under a shoebox that was suspiciously made to look like a house, complete with door.

It may, or may not have had a water bowl, and leaves and moss.

Since it was a heat mat, it would have been plugged into a temp control system for reptiles. 

This may or may not have happened where keeping geckos as pets was illegal....so I didn't have a gecko, I had a roommate who ate bugs🤷‍♂️

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