Category Archives: Butterflies and moths

Lunch ‘n Learn: Build a Better Butterfly Garden

Sept 8_ButterflyMonarchSM_ReginaGeoghan_2415Tuesday, April 14, 2015, noon, adults
Build a Better Butterfly Garden
Meadowlands Environment Center

Grab your lunch and join Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society who will show you how to turn your backyard into a butterfly haven. You’ll also learn how you can help the beautiful Monarch butterfly, whose numbers have declined precipitously in recent years. $6/person; $5 MEC members. Please register here.

NJ is First to Propose an Official State Moth

The Io Moth (Automeris io) is the proposed State Moth of NJ.

The Io Moth (Automeris io) is the proposed State Moth of NJ.

“By naming a state moth, New Jersey would show the rest of the country that
it values the role moths play in the ecosystem and recognizes their beauty,
biodiversity and importance to the environment,” said Liti Haramaty of the Friends of East Brunswick Environmental Commission. Read the story here, on National Moth Week’s blog.

Don Torino is Having Visions

“… visions of Orioles feeding on my Trumpet vine, Monarch caterpillars munching on milkweed and Hummingbirds visiting my Cardinal Flower dancing in my head.”

Like the rest of us, Don can’t wait for spring. Read his wonderful new article for Wild New Jersey here.

And don’t forget to sign up for his April 14th Lunch ‘n Learn talk Build a Better Butterfly Garden. $6/person, $5/MEC members. Register here.

DeKorte Butterfly Report 082610

Lots of butterflies by the Environment Center today, including Viceroy, Monarch, Black Swallowtail, Red Admiral, Pearl Crescent, Common Buckeye, Wild Indigo Duskywing, Broad-winged Skipper, Silver-spotted Skipper, Peck's Skipper, Cabbage White and Orange Sulphur.  Also had our buddy, the Snowberry Clear-winged Moth.

Should be a great weekend for birds and butterflies at DeKorte.

DeKorte Butterflies 062910 — 11 Species

  We will be doing butterfly counts at DeKorte Park from time to time this   IMG_3247
summer as schedules allow, using a new digital DeKorte Butterfly Count Sheet that the public is free to download and use.
   After our noon Marsh Discovery Trail Walk today, we counted 11 species of butterflies — including an American Lady (above) and Viceroy (right) — plus a Snowberry Clear-winged Moth.

   Download the list here:

Download DeKorte Butterfly Count Sheet

Full list and Snowberry Clearwing  photo follow.

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