Report of Butterfly Trip at Jug Bay Plummer House, Sunday, August 19, 2012. Sixteen species were seen, with a third being tricky little skippers.
Trip leaders were Lynette Fullerton and Sue Ricciardi
Attending were Kirsten Enzinger and grandson Joe Sanders; Flora Karpowicz and her father; Dave Perry; Chris; Sue; and another lady who came with Sue.
In spite of some intermittent light shower activity, several butterflies were visiting the butterfly garden and grounds around Plummer House. The children especially enjoyed the Monarch caterpillars brought by Lynette. Flora recruited Joe to perform with her a skit that she had learned in kindergarten class, demonstrating the life of a butterfly. Participants were given handouts containing lists of nectar and host plants for attracting butterflies. The butterflies observed were:
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Also, there were several Black Swallowtail caterpillars feasting on fennel in the butterfly garden. Also observed were the moths Snowberry Clearwing and Ailanthus Webworm, and a Crab Spider eating a moth.