Author Archives: We Love Butterflies

Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly

A new friend of ‘We Love Butterflies’, Joan Hannon, contacted us to tell us about a beautiful butterfly she spotted near Lincolnton, North Carolina one morning.   Joan captured this fascinating photo of this zebra swallowtail butterfly on her white … Continue reading

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Butterfly Tattoo for Thyroid Cancer

Thanks to Leah Wohlgemuth Guljord of West Melbourne, Florida for her submission: “In 1995 I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. Thankfully this was the beginning of the Internet as it was the only place to find support and information. … Continue reading

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Southern Swallowtail from Morocco

Thanks for submitting your picture for identification Eilean Wilson of Morocco! This little guy certainly is a beauty. He’s been identified at the Iphiclides feisthamelii, or more commonly known as the Southern Butterfly. This butterfly can be found in Italy, … Continue reading

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There’s A Butterfly on My Milkweed

sung to the tune of “straighten up and fly right” There’s a butterfly on my milkweed There’s a butterfly on my milkweed There’s a butterfly on my milkweed Drink up baby and be on your way Took all summer and … Continue reading

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Earth-Friendly Gifts for the Gardener

Maybe you recently received the same email I did about an “import-free” holiday season. Basically, the message was: Skip buying cheap decorations and gifts, and carefully select meaningful items that support the local economy. Less junk, less clutter, and better … Continue reading

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Salado: School Butterfly Project Gets Underway

Last week, students at Thomas Arnold Elementary School and Salado Intermediate School were briefed on Monarch butterflies and their contribution to society. On Monday, Phase I of a beautification project will begin that includes putting in a Monarch way station … Continue reading

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Caterpillars, Butterflies and Transformation

One of the most spellbinding few hours I have ever spent was when I watched the emergence of several monarch butterflies from their chrysalises anchored to a bouquet of milkweed at one of our past Bugfest events. Somehow, I had … Continue reading

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How to Plant Milkweed for Monarch Butterflies

Dwindling monarch butterfly populations have prompted some gardeners to pepper their landscapes with milkweeds, the various plants in the Asclepiadaceae family on which monarchs lay their eggs. Chubby, zebra-striped monarch caterpillars gorge themselves on the plants’ milky alkaloid sap, which … Continue reading

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Igloo is Cooler at ElectriCritters

Home on the range will look a little different at River Bend Nature Center this year, thanks to its latest addition — an igloo that can’t melt. The igloo will make its debut at the nature education facility’s annual holiday … Continue reading

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End of The Road for Butterfly House

IT was a popular park attraction for years, but the Butterfly House at Wilton Park has now closed. The house was created by the Friends of Wilton Park and opened in the greenhouse some three-and-a-half years ago. Over this summer … Continue reading

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