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Monarch Butterfly

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Monarch Butterfly

This is obviously a bit of a throwback to earlier this summer and yet another gorgeous Monarch (Danaus plexippus) butterfly enjoying some nectar in a garden. Have you seen any more Monarchs hurrying their way south in November? Considering how warm it has been in some areas there is still a chance to spot one or two here or there after having emerged recently, trying to elude the snow. Most of the Monarch butterfly population has already made their way to the wintering grounds in Mexico. Some of the species does overwinter in California, and counts will be conducted once again at many of...

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Autumn Meadowhawk

Posted by on Nov 21, 2016

Autumn Meadowhawk

We are really at the end of the insect season now, and here was likely the last Autumn Meadowhawk dragonfly of the season for me last week. Our warm stretch allowed life to flourish a little longer than usual, a continuing impact of our changing climate. Each year we seem to be setting new records for the earliest spotted and latest recorded individuals of species of butterflies, birds, and sometimes even flowers. Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Asters

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016

Asters

Some of our latest blooming flowers are the asters, and they are essential for the bees, butterflies and other insects still flying in October and November. Please make sure your yard has nectar and pollen sources from when the snow melts in spring until the first flurries fall in...

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Still Not Spring

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016

Still Not Spring

It is not spring even though many Clouded and Orange Sulphur butterflies continue flying and feeding on nectar sources like this dandelion. Something that gives away the relative date of this photo is the low sun angle adding light from the side as we are less than two months from the winter solstice. You can also see a little bee mimic fly venturing into the flower,...

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Sachem Skipper

Posted by on Oct 11, 2016

Sachem Skipper

Here is a real close look at a Sachem skipper butterfly (Atalopedes campestris) last month when they were absolutely everywhere that I looked. She was very cooperative! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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