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Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016

Monarch Butterfly on Butterfly

Here is a look back to this summer at a butterfly on butterfly – in this case it is the Monarch (Danaus plexippus) on a Butterfly Bush (Buddleia). Look at all the glorious details on this stunning individual! Bask in the warm glow of the hot sun on the beautiful orange wings. Do you feel less cold yet? Butterfly bushes are a difficult subject. On the one hand, they are non-native, and it seems that in certain areas and regions they can readily spread and exclude some of our native vegetation. Native plants also often do provide more nutrition for native species of insects, birds, and...

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Spring Azure

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

Spring Azure

This was a midsummer sighting of what looks to be a Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) butterfly though the scene had a much colder feel to it. The lepidoptera season is certainly ending this...

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October Sunset

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016

October Sunset

Here’s a sunset that was certainly a sailor’s delight, and with as much of an October, autumn and Halloween feel as possible for a few beautiful moments. We will not have those maple or oak or any leaves for...

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Splendid Sunset

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

Splendid Sunset

This was another recent sunset that caused an explosion of color across the sky. I can only imagine what it would have looked like right on the horizon, but my forest view was not too bad! Those leaves won’t last for long… Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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Monarch Butterfly Release

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016

Monarch Butterfly Release

I raised a couple of Monarch caterpillars this August, something I had not done since I was a child. I collected them and ended up feeding them from my own supply of swamp milkweed leaves that went otherwise unused. While many pollinators visited to enjoy the nectar of the flowers, I did not note any Monarchs in the yard or find any eggs. A couple weeks ago I noticed each chrysalis was turning black not far apart from one another, and by late that morning they’d emerged. I released them onto my coneflowers after their wings dried, and one of the two females provided me a chance to...

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