Beautiful Small-eyed Sphinx Moth

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth, near Atlanta, Georgia, May 9, 2016

Small-eyed Sphinx Moth, near Atlanta, Georgia, May 9, 2016

This Small-eyed Sphinx Moth (Paonias myops) was resting on my vehicle on May 9, 2016 near Atlanta, Georgia.  I have been wanting to post it for some time, but have been happily busy with some other responsibilities.  I found a stick, got the moth to climb onto it, and transferred the moth to an azalea bush before driving away.  Enjoy!

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

Pipevine Swallowtail Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

This lovely critter was resting on the bricks near my garage when the daily temperatures were just starting to cool, back on September 4, 2015.  On further investigation, I counted 18 of these beautiful Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) caterpillars eating the leaves of a vine-type plant that was growing in the flower bed.

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Retrieved from pbase.com, October 9, 2015)

Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly (Retrieved from pbase.com, October 9, 2015)

I hope some of the caterpillars survived to pupate because I did not see anymore of them there after one week.  They may have become dinner for some other creature…  These caterpillars are the type of which I observe most often in my area around Atlanta, Georgia.

Awesome Imperial Moth Caterpillar (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Imperial Moth Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 29, 2015

Imperial Moth Caterpillar, Snellville, Georgia, September 29, 2015

Enjoy this amazing beauty that was found in my front yard today under a Sweet Gum tree.  It is an Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) caterpillar, and was 3.25 inches long.  (I have also included a photo of what the moth of this caterpillar looks like.)

Imperial Moth (Retrieved from Flickr.com, September 29, 2015)

Imperial Moth (Retrieved from Flickr.com, September 29, 2015)

This critter is from the Giant Silk Moth family, and is the first caterpillar of this moth that I have ever seen in my life!  I am so blessed to have seen such a rare beauty!

Magnificent Pandora Sphinx Moth (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Pandora Sphinx Moth, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

Pandora Sphinx Moth, Snellville, Georgia, September 4, 2015

I have been remiss in publishing this for awhile now.  On September 4, there was a beautiful Pandora Sphinx Moth (Eumorpha pandorus) resting on an azalea bush outside my home.  It was quite large, and I expect that it was probably a female.  I photographed it and left it where it was, with my family also viewing and enjoying its beauty.  I have had the pleasure of seeing these moths here in the South, having seen many in past years in North Carolina.  They are truly gorgeous!

Beautiful Polyphemus Moth (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

About one month ago, while clearing away some of the dead flowers in the flower bed from last year, we located a silk moth cocoon.  We brought it indoors, and I have kept it in a warm, dry place on a shelf with some cards and knick-knacks since then.

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Male Polyphemus Moth, Snellville, Georgia, July 5, 2015

Today (July 5, 2015), a beautiful male Polyphemus moth (Antheraea polyphemus) emerged from the cocoon.  This evening, my son and I let it go in the woods near our home.  He was quite a beauty to behold, and we are so happy to have been able to observe and enjoy him!

My First Peacock of the Year.

Peacock Butterfly. Beautiful!

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October Butterflies in Georgia: Monarchs and Purple (By: Michele Babcock-Nice)

Monarch Butterfly, Snellville, Georgia, October 8, 2014

Monarch Butterfly, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

Yesterday, October 7, 2014, was a real treat for viewing and enjoying butterflies near Atlanta, Georgia.  The past several days have been gorgeous, with just about perfect weather.  Yesterday was one of the most beautiful days of the year, and the butterflies were highly enjoying it as well!

Two Monarch Butterflies, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

Two Monarch Butterflies, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

The Monarch Butterflies (Danaus plexippus) must be migrating and making their way back to Mexico because there were two on our butterfly bushes yesterday.  One Monarch stayed all day long, and the other was on “lay-over,” only staying for a little while.  They both replenished their energy by drinking the nectar from the Buddleja butterfly bush flowers.

Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

Also getting re-energized at the Buddleja bush was a Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly (Limenitis arthemis).  I had seen this butterfly (I will assume that it is the same one) a few days ago, but when I went to get my camera and returned to take some pictures, it was already gone.  So, I was delighted to see it again and take my opportunity to photograph it.

Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly at Rest, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly at Rest, Snellville, Georgia, October 7, 2014

There were also several Skippers, Sulphurs, and Fritillaries flying about yesterday, as well.  While they were too quick for me to get any pictures of them, it was great to get some photos of the Monarchs and Purple.  It was definitely The Festival of the Butterflies here yesterday! 🙂