Things that flutter in our gardens

We all have memories from our childhood. Besides the time I was hit in the head by a falling object dropped by the neighbor kid from the tree above me, I remember the Monarch butterfly.

That’s the only butterfly I knew in those days. But when I read about the butterfly count on Saturday  I realized we have 25 species here in the Poconos.

Great Spangled Fritillary

Some of the most common butterflies found during the count are cabbage whites and small fluttering butterflies that people often mistake for moths and sulphurs, which are yellow. Naturalist Jenifer Rituper said a favorite is the common buckeye,  and one of the larger butterflies usually seen is the great spangled fritillary, which is orange and black.

Since reading that article I am paying even more attention to what is landing in my garden. I’ve seen the cabbage whites, and yes I did think it was a moth. I’ve seen the yellow ones, too.

The common buckeye isn’t so common in my garden. Or at least I haven’t seen it.

Now that I am paying attention, I’ve noticed some great blue ones that I’ve yet to identify. And some awesome dragonflies. When a dragonfly lands on a plant I have to stop what I’m doing and  stare in total amazement.

Makes me realize that so many things are right outside our doors.

If you can’t make the butterfly count, you might want to consider doing your own count in your yard.

I’ve decided to pick up a little field guide to butterflies. And I’m going to work on attracting these fluttering beauties to my yard. If you give them a reason, they’re happy to fly by.

I planted a butterfly bush last year, but butterflies love a variety of plants. Here are some ideas.

I’m certainly going to take more time to stop and look. We have so many choices and I don’t want to miss a single one.



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