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A Day at the Butterfly Farm

My friend Dale Clark owns a butterfly farm called Butterflies Unlimited. Once a year, he has an open house during the monarch migration, and this year I signed up to volunteer and help answer visitor questions about plants and butterflies.

 

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This is one I didn’t know – and honestly, I had to look for a bit to feel convinced it was a moth – but this is a Yellow Collared Scape Moth. 

 

 

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Common Buckeye on Gregg’s Mistflower. These blue flowers are butterfly magnets when they bloom in the fall.

 

 

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In addition to the outdoor butterflies, Dale has a large flight house; this is a Zebra Longwing in the flight cage, resting on some Eupatorium odoratum (fragrant mistflower).

 

 

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I didn’t know that queen butterflies migrate like monarchs. They don’t go to a centralized location, but they travel annual from north to south in the fall. Again, on Eupatorium odoratum (fragrant mistflower).

 

 

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I think this queen butterfly may be signalling for a mate?

Originally published at WormSpit. You can comment here or there.

Comments

( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
faunhaert
Oct. 21st, 2016 07:31 pm (UTC)
it seems the only way to keep my bees safe
is to have a green house.

Hope you had a great day!
tilia_tomentosa
Oct. 21st, 2016 10:56 pm (UTC)
The first one doesn't look "mothy" indeed. :)

It must have been a fun day. :)

mrdreamjeans
Oct. 22nd, 2016 04:27 am (UTC)
How extraordinary!
reedrover
Oct. 22nd, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
These are lovely. Thank you for sharing.
hazelstitch
Oct. 24th, 2016 11:59 am (UTC)
What amazing photos
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