Mariton: Camp – Butterflies
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
Virginia Derbyshire led this morning’s exploration in butterflies and moths – the Lepidoptera. After a quick lesson on how butterflies and moths are put together, the group headed for the meadows with binoculars to see what we could find.
It was a great morning with the sighting of a Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops)! This is a very uncommon butterfly this far north, although we meet the habitat requirments. The children didn’t realize they saw a rare butterfly, still they ended up having a great morning afield. They counted over 10 butterfly species in about 90 minutes.
The children’s sharp eyes also found a Monarch butterfly’s egg on a milkweed leaf.
Under the catergories: “It happens.” and “Everything is connected.” This Cabbage Butterfly found its end in a spider’s web.
All photos by Carole Mebus.