Tag: butterflies

  1. Permanent Camp: Harbingers of Spring

    Permanent Camp: Harbingers of Spring Image of George and Elizabeth Ellison by Quintin Ellison By George Ellison When spells of cabin fever become more frequent, each observer of the natural world will have his or her personal “harbinger of spring” to use as an indicator that spring is just around the corner. Mine is the mourning cloak butterfly, which Read more...
  2. Marvelously Manic Over Milkweed

    Marvelously Manic Over Milkweed Images by Sue Wasserman One of the things I appreciate most about nature is how there’s always something new to experience if I’m open to the possibilities. All that is required of me is a little attention and some well-timed serendipity. I had both in spades the day I noticed a patch of milkweed with seed pods that were Read more...
  3. Smokies Science Series Returns with a Spotlight on Butterflies

    Smokies Science Series Returns with a Spotlight on Butterflies by Aaron Searcy, Publications Associate Warren Bielenberg spends a lot of time photographing Southern Appalachian butterflies in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. But he willingly admits that his journey of butterfly discovery didn’t begin in earnest until he retired from 34 years as a park ranger and began volunteering in Cades Cove Read more...
  4. The monarchs are coming!

    The monarchs are coming! By Will Kuhn, Director of Science and Research with Discover Life in America  Monarch butterflies have begun their yearly northward migration and are due to arrive in the Smokies any day now. This time of year, you may start to see Danaus plexippus flying around the region. These attractive orange and black butterflies have made the long Read more...
  5. Sail into 2021 with the Butterflies and Moths of the Smokies

    Sail into 2021 with the Butterflies and Moths of the Smokies Each and every year, the Great Smoky Mountains are home to an intricately orchestrated show that has been going on since calendars were invented—wildflowers bloom in spring, leaves fall in autumn, and the Smokies’ many unique butterflies and moths come from near and far on their patterned wings to float amongst it all right on cue.  Read more...
  6. Puddling Butterflies: Recalling Cataloochee Swallowtails

    Puddling Butterflies: Recalling Cataloochee Swallowtails Story and photos by Bob Raynor  A black swallowtail butterfly recently presented itself on my garden’s chaste tree (Vitex agnus-castus). Seeing the butterfly brought back a memory of a gathering of darkly colored butterflies in Cataloochee Valley from almost seven years ago. It was a memory of time spent with family—and a Read more...
  7. Making a List and Checking it Twice

    Making a List and Checking it Twice By Emma DuFort, Publications Specialist  If you keep a bird feeder in your yard, or know someone who does, you probably know that keeping track of which birds appear is a fun and popular pastime. But it doesn’t have to stop at the bird feeder—it can be very rewarding to familiarize yourself with all the kinds of flora and fauna Read more...

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