Eastern Black Swallowtail

Eastern Black Swallowtail by Catina Anderson

This year as part of our butterfly gardening I planted a small patch of parsley in a blank spot in the butterfly garden.  All summer I checked and checked and… nothing. Then, this fall we were out releasing Monarchs and we sat on the bench to take a quick break when I spotted a large...

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Any guesses?

Mystery Photo just for fun… any guesses what you see?

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Molting

Today I thought I’d share a couple “science-y” images from earlier this season.  These are of a Monarch Caterpillar just after it has molted.  The face plate has fallen and the skin still remains behind the very still caterpillar.  Not pretty… but I thought, interesting.

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Peeking through the Goldenrod…

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Hackberry Emperor

We helped with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Annual Butterfly Count last Saturday.  This Hackberry Emperor was a favorite of the day among many of the group as it climbed right up onto my daughter’s finger as she tried to coax it out of the gravel roadway.  I came across this angle as I was going...

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