What are you seeing on your walks in nature? Send comments, photos, or videos to firstname.lastname@example.org Here are some things we're seeing:
Large butterflies--like Monarchs and swallowtails--often use McDowell Creek as a flight corridor, sailing past us, here one second, gone the next.
But smaller butterflies have been landing on the shore, where they appear to be imbibing minerals from the mud and stones. Here are some of those visitors. Check out their amazingly long and agile proboscises (butterfly "tongues"):
The caterpillars of these butterflies need a variety of food plants:
Wild Indigo Duskywing: Legumes, including the marvelous prairie plant, Blue Wild Indigo
Silvery Checkerspot: Species in the Sunflower Family (Asteracea), including Echinacea and Rudbeckia
Red Admiral: Nettles
Question Mark: Elm and Hackberry
Pearl Crescent: Species in the Sunflower Family (Asteraceae)
Silver Spotted Skipper: Legumes
Eastern Tailed-Blue: Legumes
All of those food-plants are growing at Bird Runner Wildlife Refuge. So butterflies--we hope to see you again next year!
What are you seeing on your walks in nature? Send comments, photos, or videos to email@example.com