Wednesday, June 20, 2018

It's Pollinator Week 2018!

I love butterflies!  I studied butterfly gardens for my dissertation, and have written a few blog posts about butterfly gardens, pollination, and books I've read about butterflies, monarch butterfliesbutterfly smuggling, and bees

When I was first learning about butterflies and how to identify them, I participated in a 4th of July butterfly count, sponsored by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).  It was a great introduction to what my husband calls, "the lucrative world of butterfly conservation."  Lucrative or not, I'm still at it!  This past weekend, I headed to Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane VA for this year's count.  It was a great day of butterflying!  Here are a few of the butterflies we saw.

Hackberry emporer

Gray hairstreak

Great spangled fritillary

American lady


summer azure

Zebra swallowtail

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