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Summer Butterflies and Caterpillars in Georgia

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Giant Swallowtail in my backyard, June 2017, Snellville, Georgia

There have been many beautiful butterflies that I’ve seen here around Atlanta, Georgia this summer, but have been too busy to post until now.

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Great Spangled Fritillary in my backyard, August 2017, Snellville, Georgia

I try to look for and photograph butterflies in my area that I’ve not seen here before.

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Pipevine Swallowtail caterpillars, Snellville, Georgia, August 2017

Included in this blog post are those butterflies that I haven’t seen in my area before, in my past 17 years of living here in Georgia.

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Purple Hairstreak butterfly, Gainesville, Georgia, June 2017

I’ve also included a picture of some swallowtail caterpillars, for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

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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!