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Old Jul 16, 2009, 12:18 AM   #1
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It would have been nice to photograph the life cycle as I was able to do last year with the other two.
The response to the New Butterfly thread made me realize that there are a number of new members who might be interested in those life histories which had generated quite a bit of interest when they were first posted:

Life history of the Gulf Fritillary

Life history of the Monarch Butterfly - a four part series
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Old Jul 16, 2009, 11:24 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting these again.

I did not see them before and they are wonderful documentation of the life cycle of these beautiful creatures. You did a masterful job of following the sequence of the events in the transformation and emergence of these butterflies!

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Thank you, Lou. Since you are interested in birds, you would probably enjoy these two past series as well (each in two parts - the text word spacing seems to have been truncated in the transition from the old forum server):

Downy Woodpecker family

Cooper's Hawk in flagrante delicto
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 3:59 PM   #4
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penolta,

I enjoyed the two threads. The one with the Downy Woodpecker was of great interest as I have Downey’s and Hairy's at my feeder all winter but seldom see them during the late spring or summer. Therefore I have never encountered a nesting hole. I was amazed at how perfectly round it looked. The chicks were adorable.

The coopers hawk taking a bath was a wonderful series and all the photos were nicely taken. Some of the hawk’s antics reminded me of the Red Shouldered hawk in my tree during a heavy rain. Birds do revel in there baths.

Once again thank you for your kind thought to post these for me.
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Thanks so much for "re-sharing" these great series! I've a few we took last year of some Spicebush Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillary and Variegated Fritillary that we raised, but not taken with a Pentax and not nearly as detailed as these.
Yours are indeed excellent and well-captured illustrations!
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Thanks, Lou and Mole. Glad you found them worthwhile. They were my most rewarding photo projects of the past two years.
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Thank You Penolta for your bird series as I had not seen them before and they are both wonderful.

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