Second Annual Butterfly Festival in Cole, Oklahoma

Natural beauty in its rural setting; flowers were planted to entice and nurture butterflies by the Cole Butterfly Festival Association members of Cole, Oklahoma

These bright orange flowers are "Orange Profusion" zinnias and butterflies love their nectar. They, among many other specific flowers are purposely planted to feed the butterflies on their stop to Mexico. This  Viceroy has paused to enjoy the feast.
These bright orange flowers are "Orange Profusion" zinnias and butterflies love their nectar. They, among many other specific flowers are purposely planted to feed the butterflies on their stop to Mexico. This Viceroy has paused to enjoy the feast. | Source
These zinnias have a pale purple-blue-pink trim to some tips of the petals.  This Viceroy is  enjoying the nutritious nectar-and hopefully, safety from any hungry bird or mantis. Note its black line smile.
These zinnias have a pale purple-blue-pink trim to some tips of the petals. This Viceroy is enjoying the nutritious nectar-and hopefully, safety from any hungry bird or mantis. Note its black line smile. | Source

Monarchs and Viceroy. A copycat?

Viceroy butterflies mimic the looks of a Monarch butterfly. It is said to be a 'designed trickery', as the Monarch butterfly does not taste good. The Viceroy (evidently) does, so it has accomplished the 'near identify theft' of the Monarch looks so birds do not try to use it as a meal.

Nature does have a certain way of facilitation, lucky for the Viceroy. who wears a smile on its wings. This is a major defining difference that marks the Viceroy. A young teen guide explained this difference at the Cole Butterfly Festival, October 3, 2009.



The Cole Monarch Butterfly Migration Festival Committee members oversee the planting and care of varied floral species to both entice and nurture butterflies.

This Monarch is resting upside down on the ceiling of the netted butterfly tent, where they await tagging and being released to begin or continue their migration to Mexico for winter.
This Monarch is resting upside down on the ceiling of the netted butterfly tent, where they await tagging and being released to begin or continue their migration to Mexico for winter.
This is another Monarach clinging to the ceiling. Some butterflies are captured from the wild and others have been hatched locally. All will be tagged and released to be tracked to confirm routes to Mexico for their winter layover.
This is another Monarach clinging to the ceiling. Some butterflies are captured from the wild and others have been hatched locally. All will be tagged and released to be tracked to confirm routes to Mexico for their winter layover.
Wouldn't you know it. Somebody was watching from above, and had to show us so - chemtrails again!  T? I think it means, "There you go, have fun at the Festival!".
Wouldn't you know it. Somebody was watching from above, and had to show us so - chemtrails again! T? I think it means, "There you go, have fun at the Festival!".

There were many beautiful plants for nectar and host plants available for butterflies and their larvae.

This is a close-up of the vivid orange Mexican sunflower. Petals tend to curve downward on mature flowers, and many blooms are more than 3 inches across.
This is a close-up of the vivid orange Mexican sunflower. Petals tend to curve downward on mature flowers, and many blooms are more than 3 inches across.
This Viceroy butterfly is resting on marigolds - many already going to seed.
This Viceroy butterfly is resting on marigolds - many already going to seed.
This is the African  milkthistle which was a great curiosity for many attending the festival. Its globes literally looked like fuzzy balloons, distinctly larger than a golf ball. Purple flowers seen are of another plant.
This is the African milkthistle which was a great curiosity for many attending the festival. Its globes literally looked like fuzzy balloons, distinctly larger than a golf ball. Purple flowers seen are of another plant.
Another Mexican sunflower bloom with a happy visitor.
Another Mexican sunflower bloom with a happy visitor.
This picture was taken two weeks ago at a local park, not in Cole. The Dark Knight butterfly bushes were surrounded by feeding butterflies and bees. Next day I returned, and only a very few remained.
This picture was taken two weeks ago at a local park, not in Cole. The Dark Knight butterfly bushes were surrounded by feeding butterflies and bees. Next day I returned, and only a very few remained.
This pipevine swallowtail visited the Dark Knight also though the blooms were beginning to fade. This picture and the one above were not taken at the Cole Butterfly Festival but at a local park recently.
This pipevine swallowtail visited the Dark Knight also though the blooms were beginning to fade. This picture and the one above were not taken at the Cole Butterfly Festival but at a local park recently.
This is a spectacular shrubby plant with clear purple tubular blossoms,  the Mexican petunia.
This is a spectacular shrubby plant with clear purple tubular blossoms, the Mexican petunia.

So many beautiful blooms, nectar blossoms were abundant.

This yellow sulpher butterfly found the red blooms of this Mexican hat quite tasty.
This yellow sulpher butterfly found the red blooms of this Mexican hat quite tasty.
This lovely Painted Lady chose a brilliant yellow restaurant.
This lovely Painted Lady chose a brilliant yellow restaurant.
This tan fellow was a bit bedraggled, whether by weather, bird or child. It is the same one who rode on the gentleman's shoulder for a while.
This tan fellow was a bit bedraggled, whether by weather, bird or child. It is the same one who rode on the gentleman's shoulder for a while.
Here he is resting: Stayed there for several quiet minutes.
Here he is resting: Stayed there for several quiet minutes.
This popular "Indian blanket" bedding plant draws butterfly company with its bright colors and luxuriant growth. It is considered a wildflower, so is easy to grow.
This popular "Indian blanket" bedding plant draws butterfly company with its bright colors and luxuriant growth. It is considered a wildflower, so is easy to grow.

'Butterfly babies’. One ‘hatching’ was celebrated. A birthing butterfly must not be assisted or its wings will not unfold/strengthen properly.

A pupae growing close to hatching out as a butterfly.
A pupae growing close to hatching out as a butterfly.
Note the caterpillar is beginning to attach itself to the stick to make its cocoon. This larvae will be a swallowtail butterfly.
Note the caterpillar is beginning to attach itself to the stick to make its cocoon. This larvae will be a swallowtail butterfly.
Butterfly larvae -  to become a black swallowtail.
Butterfly larvae - to become a black swallowtail.
Another pretty caterpillar eating its way to a butterfly. Via the pupae, of course.
Another pretty caterpillar eating its way to a butterfly. Via the pupae, of course.
Just a cute really fuzzy caterpillar - larvae.
Just a cute really fuzzy caterpillar - larvae.

The Second Annual Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival

Cole is less than twenty miles south of Oklahoma City, and the local newspaper had advertised the Butterfly Festival there held in October. This year would be a second trip to go celebrate...

Several lady relatives wanted to go enjoy the Butterfly Festival last year at the time of the monarch's stopover to Mexico. But on the way we got a little lost that Saturday afternoon. In rural Oklahoma with an online map that did not seem to match where we were, we ended up in cornfields with a tractor that had to share the dirt ruts, and even some cows that stared as if they'd never seen a human. (I do believe I remember someone mooing at them.) Finally we dead-ended where the map did - and there in sight to the right was Cole, Oklahoma! Butterfly signs welcomed our arrival.

By the time we arrived - a little too late, it was over. So we drove around the hilly park area, watched the few workers still cleaning up and packing away, then determined to properly attend the next year. As we read news accounts this year of that time, the festival turnout had been so much bigger than expected that food sold out, too many people wanted to be chosen to release the butterflies, and plans would be made to prepare for a larger crowd, more food and more activities. And they succeeded!

This year we arrived early while it was still cool enough for a sweater, found a good parking space and with our cameras snapping, chased butterflies and blossoms, bought silver Labradorite jewelry and sarsparilla drinks and freshly made Indian tacos. Oh, and that homemade-good-cook carrot cake! Ice cream! And we watched children getting beautiful butterflies painted on their faces so they could march in the butterfly parade. The face painting was fabulous!

We traipsed up and down the small hilly paths to and from the butterfly and caterpillar exhibits, went through the tiny CommunityBuilding with it's Scout displays of butterfly metamorphosis, and the real thing - pupae and caterpillars. There were displays and explanations of them all, and of the beautifully different butterfly plants. The Scouts and Leaders did a fantastic job of art and instruction and they are to be complimented on their detailed tasks! We inspected the live pupae and caterpillars of various sort on display and were given thorough explanations of each stage.

Otherwise, one thing we missed out on - because were so stuffed - was the loaded fries. That was a big plate of fries loaded with chili, cheese, tomatoes, peppers...greasy YUM! I will have some next year at the Third Annual Cole Butterfly Festival!

Another attraction at the Festival were all the butterfly costumed children. These happy children were interested in sharing their lovely costumes with you.

This beautifully winged young lady was delighted to share her airy costume and sweet smile with the camera.
This beautifully winged young lady was delighted to share her airy costume and sweet smile with the camera.
This cute butterfly winged beauty displayed her happy smile as she posed on her way to more fun!
This cute butterfly winged beauty displayed her happy smile as she posed on her way to more fun!
Two more lovely butterflies that posed for my camera. Note the hill slope - it was great exercise for non-winged creatures!
Two more lovely butterflies that posed for my camera. Note the hill slope - it was great exercise for non-winged creatures!
This sweet young lady displayed her Monarch costume by spreading her lovely wings wide with Daddy assisting.
This sweet young lady displayed her Monarch costume by spreading her lovely wings wide with Daddy assisting.
This is a close-up of the talented butterfly face-painting that delighted many children.
This is a close-up of the talented butterfly face-painting that delighted many children.
These cheerful children enjoyed the playground, music  and parade as well as the many butterflies around.
These cheerful children enjoyed the playground, music and parade as well as the many butterflies around.
These children displayed butterflies and the young man proudly announced, "I got runned over!". His tire-tracked face was very realistic. The food-trailer sold 'loaded fries'.  In Okie language that term might mean a different delicacy!
These children displayed butterflies and the young man proudly announced, "I got runned over!". His tire-tracked face was very realistic. The food-trailer sold 'loaded fries'. In Okie language that term might mean a different delicacy!

And now the butterfly release!

 

In early afternoon just before karaoke time, the crowd gathered around the netted butterfly holding tent to see who would be allotted the right to gently catch a tagged Monarch inside the tent, then exit to release it from a lifted hand.

 

The tagged butterfly would sit a few seconds on a finger, and then quickly ascend fluttering its way to Mexico, probably appreciative of the nectar and rest provided before its journey. The five seconds-long video shows one such release, and if you look carefully you will see the Monarch take off and flutter up and away to the center right.


 

Video is only five seconds long, so look closely to see the Monarch fly up and away to the right.

This happy couple became engaged in the butterfly tent as she was gathering her butterfly to release. His sunflower bouquet for her is delightful!

Don't you just luv their five-minutes-engaged-gaze at each other! Congratulations to them!
Don't you just luv their five-minutes-engaged-gaze at each other! Congratulations to them!

Map shows incidence of known Monarch migration pathways.

You would think a tiny fragile Monarch could not travel thousands of miles to a place it might have never been. But the amazing strength of nature and the unknown powers of instinct have forged their annual journeys for many years. Magnificent!
You would think a tiny fragile Monarch could not travel thousands of miles to a place it might have never been. But the amazing strength of nature and the unknown powers of instinct have forged their annual journeys for many years. Magnificent!

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Cole, Oklahoma is a known migration pathway for Monarchs.

As the Monarchs migrate from northern regions to the south for winter vacation, they flutter over much of Oklahoma as you see on the above map. Some years there are very few. In lucky years there are many, many seen flying, resting, or eating. Many butterflies die on the difficult journey, but the survivors massively cover vegetation, trees and land in areas of north and central Mexico. Research is still occurring to monitor and track different migration pathways of the butterflies.

The Cole Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival Association has taken on the responsibility of celebrating and assisting these magnificent admired creatures and the membership was formed to accomplish this task via a festive game, music, craft, parade and food offering to the public. It has been highly successful -and is expected to become a growing celebration ---one that we hope is around for the Monarch migration for years to come.

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As reported in the Daily Oklahoman in late September 2009, Festival coordinator, Annie Hart described the Butterfly festival as ‘quaint and homey, but very festive’. Part of the reason for the butterfly festival is to educate people on how to help the Monarch butterflies repopulate and thrive again after a devastating freeze killed about 80% of them at sites in Mexico.

Annie Hart and Kay Webb and other Cole residents determined to offer opportunities and educational items for people who would want to create a butterfly feeding garden of their own and thus assist the Monarchs on their annual migration. Butterfly nurturing flora and host plants for caterpillars are sold at the festival and some good type nectar plant seeds are given away then also.

INFORMATION regarding the festival may be obtained by sending mail to Annie Hart or Kay Webb or the Butterfly Festival Association to: Annie Hart, P.O. Box 671, Blanchard, Oklahoma, 73010.  If you write do send a LSASE. Since I have no connection with them, I would also suggest to include a small donation to assist their efforts.

The date chosen for the Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival depends on the estimated time of the Monarch congregations’ arrival in Cole, which is affected by weather. However despite any lack of congregating butterflies, the festival will go on, their celebration will still happen: It's OK if they choose to come and feast later.

You also, are invited to attend and enjoy the next celebration of these natural beauties - next Fall - at the Third Annual Monarch Migration and Butterfly Festival in Cole, Oklahoma! Stay tuned for the announcement of that fall Festival date!



ENJOY THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS IN ITS SEASON...GUARD IT WELL THAT OTHERS MAY ALSO OBTAIN THAT GIFT.  This Gulf fritillary photo taken recently at a local butterfly bush site by frogyfish.
ENJOY THE BEAUTY THAT SURROUNDS IN ITS SEASON...GUARD IT WELL THAT OTHERS MAY ALSO OBTAIN THAT GIFT. This Gulf fritillary photo taken recently at a local butterfly bush site by frogyfish.

Update: The 2010 festival information.

The Monarch Migration Celebration 2010 will be held Saturday, October 2 from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. at a new site near Cole.

The Butterfly Festival and Parade will be held in the Jerusalem community, with is two miles EAST of Cole on State Highway 74B. This is about two miles west of the State Highway 74 exit from I-35 south of Oklahoma City wide area. The 74 exit to Goldsby is just south of the David Jay Perry Airport which takes you south to meet the 74B westerly highway.

During this summer, Annie Hart and her core volunteers have established a new butterfly garden in Jerusalem for the monarchs. They maintain a seed bank and flowers that produce the necessary nectar to feed the caterpillars and butterflies, and will assist any central Oklahoma community interested in creating its own butterfly feeding garden.

Everyone welcome to come enjoy the festivities on October 2!

For more information you may look in the 'Festivals and Events section' of the TravelOK.com site.

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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

This is a delightful read and great pictures!


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sutrapu 7 years ago from kuwait

Excellent & beautiful photos, very happy to see this photos


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ethel smith 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Thanks for this lovely hub. The images are great. This includes the people, flowers and butterflies. What a lovely event also.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Patty, sutrapu, ethel, thank you for enjoying the beauty of this hub and giving your nice comments. It indeed was a fun festival in many ways!


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

What wonderful photos! I love the kids in their butterfly costumes, what a cool idea. There is a butterfly festival not far from where I live and every year I mean to go there. Next year for sure.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Dolores Monet, you just MUST go to your butterfly festival and have fun! Thank you for enjoying the pictures and children here, and for your great comment!


Annie Hart 7 years ago

Oh my gosh! I was there, and I saw more of the festival in your pages here than I was able to absorb at the event itself! You have a new huge fan and I have been exploring your other hubpages since and sharing them. You are a talented teacher. Thank you! Annie of Cole


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Annie, how delightful to have you read and respond to what YOU planned, arranged and worked so hard in accomplishing! Thank you for expressing yourself here and for your kind words. YOU can join HubPages too, you know! Thank you very much for your comment and joining my fan club! Cheers!


Kay Webb 7 years ago

The photos and information are wonderful! Annie and I were so busy that day so this was a real, unexpected treat! We got to see ALL the festival, and more than once, thanks to you and YOUR hard work. You put the icing on our cake! Thank you for sharing...Kay


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Kay Webb, delighted that you found the article about the Festival. I know you worked hard at the whole organization

and it was such a fun success! Thank you for all your work there, and for commenting here!


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SoftCornHippo 7 years ago

I'm so glad I found this hub and your writings! I am wild about butterflies and the plants that feed them - I have a little garden to attract them, but it takes a few more years before I'll really have a lot of visitors. I also make beaded butterfly necklaces. What a wonderful event - I would attend if I was closer to Oklahoma - there used to be a huge population of monarchs traveling thro near where I live but a lot of their habitat in Mexico has been lost so not so many of them left here now. Thank you for these beautiful images - I will be your fan!


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

SoftCornHippo, glad you enjoyed the butterflies and to hear you have a butterfly garden. Best wishes there! And thanks for joining my fan club too!


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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

What beautiful butterflies, I would love to come to this one year! Amazing and thorughly enjoyed the article!


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anglnwu 7 years ago

The pictures are stunning. The kids with their painted facse are adorable. You've captured the occasion well with your description and tons of eye-catching images.

Thanks for sharing.


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frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Ladybird33 and anginwu, thank you for your comment. You might never realize the amount of pictures that are 'almost good' for the ONE that IS good. But so much fun to try! Thank you for enjoying the natural beauty of the occasion.


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restoremyheart 6 years ago

Really enjoyed viewing your pictures:) The girls looked sweet too, dressed up! Interesting map you shared, thank you:)


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

restoremyheart, thank you for your comment. I wonder if you are in the Cole area?

Blessings on your pathway as you journey further to hope and fulfillment, provision and blessing.


cosette 6 years ago

omgsh what a spectaular hub! i'm all smiles from reading it!


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RosWebbART 6 years ago from Ireland

fabulous pictures; great hub.


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

Very nice hub. My stress level just went down! Thanks.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

lovelypaper, so glad you enjoyed the hub/pix. I just love your avatar rose too!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

After you commented on my butterfly hub it was so much fun discovering yours! What a delight! Not only are the photos of the butterflies and flowers beautiful but also the childrens painted faces and costumes. Thank you!


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Glad you enjoyed it Peggy W. And your butterfly pic were beautiful. Your Cockrell site is on my someday list now...


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Thank you for these beautiful pictures dear friend frogyfish. I always love butterflies since day one I guess. I hope to have collections like these when I retire. More power.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Teresa, start your collection of butterfly whatevers NOW! Thank you for enjoying these beautiful sights and letting me know!


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2uesday 6 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Thank you for your butterfly hub, I have never seen a Monarch butterfly but looking at them in the photos was beautiful.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

2uesday, wish I could send you a real fluttery Monarch to enjoy... They are amazing creatures of beauty and instinct - like so much of nature. Thank you for commenting, and I wish you beautiful butterflies...


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

Wonderful Hub! The photos were super! And kudos to Cole Oklahoma for having this beautiful festival! I think I may have to go!


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Cathi Sutton 6 years ago

I just had to come back and tell you... I saw my first butterfly of the season yesterday here in Chickasha!


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Cathi Sutton, thank you so much for enjoying the butterflies. And plans for the Festival are ongoing by Annie and Kay - I plan to be there. And thank you for coming back to share your first butterfly sighting! I saw a small white cabbage butterfly Monday and it seemed very hungry...?? No others, but there are LOTS of robins around! Butterfly smiles to you!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice! I do love flutterbies!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Delightful hub with many beautiful photos of butterflies, flowers and children. Sounds like this is a great festival.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Happyboomernurse, thank you for enjoying the butterflies and beauties at the festival! It is a fun family time.

Sadly the Monarch festival for 2011 was just cancelled because the severe Oklahoma heat and drought devastated much of the local nectar gardens. Butterflies and other wildlife will need human assistance to rebound from the dry and fire-ravaged areas of OK and Texas.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

Frogyfish, what a great read. You really took it all in on your hub. It appears to be a great event. Votes up. I hate to hear it was canceled. It has been rough for you all. We pray for rain my friend.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

thelyricwriter, exposing your heart again, so beautifully! Thank you for visiting, and for your prayers for rain.


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Jenafran 5 years ago from Tampa Bay Florida

I used to live in OKC, thanks for highlighting something so beautiful from such an underrated state! Great hub!


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Jenafran, welcome back to OKC via the butterflies! Thank you for your enjoyable comment here.


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mvillecat 4 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

"Our" Gulf Frittilaries have arrived again this week to feast upon the passion flower vines. Frogs, bees, and butterfilies are the indicator to a healthy enviornment. I voted up.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

mvillecat, I have seen a very few butterflies of varied kinds this summer - likely because of the heat and drought. Glad your passion flowers are welcoming the Frittilaries! Glad you supply a healthy home for all those small creatures too. Thanks for sharing.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

I love every aspect of this hub, the photographs are fantastic, the information fascinating the children in their costumes and face paint delightful.

What a lovely way to spend a day, and what gorgeous photographs it provided for your hub.

Lovely butterfly photographs in natural surroundings what more you you ask for, thank you for taking us with you on this day out.

Voting up and hitting buttons on my way out :-D maggs


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Thanks mags224. I would have liked to have your magic camera for some macros there...your pictures are wonderful! So was the Festival.


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

I have a picture of a black and white butterfly - at least I'm pretty sure it's not a moth - and I can't find out anything about it....thought I might catch something here. Instead I found a very interesting and informative hub. I'm glad you didn't run into the cows on your trip back! Even though it sounded like getting lost that day turned out to be fun anyway.

I enjoyed reading this. voted up and beautiful. Your pictures are awesome


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Duchess OBlunt there is a small white butterfly with black outline lines and spots...called a cabbage butterfly. But there is another black and white all over one that I have only seen pictures of. Do not know its identification. Best luck in finding out about yours. Glad you enjoyed our trip through the cows and corn patch. Found out this year that the road there is now paved. Actually!


Deb Welch 4 years ago

This was an in-depth Hub - totally full of useful information and beautiful photos. I love butterflies and caterpillars. I let caterpillars crawl on my hand and arm - and I have had a Monarch Butterfly perch on my hand while I was playing cards for hours. I have gone to the Butterfly Conservatory in Ontario, Canada - really awesome. There is another Butterfly Conservatory in the Strong Science Museum in Rochester,NY and I plan on going someday to visit as well. You mentioned Labradorite jewelry and sarsparilla drinks - sounded good - cool! Voted Up, Useful, Beautiful and Interesting.


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Deb Welch, glad you enjoyed the hub, and appreciate your love for butterflies - in all stages!The Conservatories in Ontario and Rochester both sound beautifully inviting...write a hub when you go, ok? Yes, I do like my Labradorite necklace, but have not had any sarsparilla since then. I may have to go looking for that too! Thank you for visiting here!


Ward Johnson 2 years ago

SaveOurMonarchs.org is dedicated to rebuilding the habitat for the Monarch "one Milkweed at a time".

In 2014, the intent is to give away 100,000 Milkweed seed packets through our partners, and website, SaveOurMonarchs.org

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

St Paul Como Conservatory Butterfly House

Minnesota Horticultural Society,

St Paul Science Museum

Northern Gardener Magazine

Butterfly House at the Minnesota State Fair

We are partnering with the Butterfly House at the Oklahoma State Fair, September 11-21.

Might you have an interest in a partnership with SaveOurMonarchs??

Best wishes,

Ward Johnson

Executive Director

SaveOurMonarchs Foundation

952-829-0600


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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Ward Johnson, I've missed your comment till the Fair is half over. I did not know of your Monarch program. Thanks for your information here. I will look up your organization too, so thanks again for your comment.


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frogyfish 2 years ago from Central United States of America Author

Ward Johnson, I went to your Monarch website and will go back. It is great that this grassroots organization is national! (And Minnesota is my Mother's birthplace.) The free milkseeds are a neat gift too. Thanks again for posting here!

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