T-shirts and books for butterfly enthusiasts
Get your passport fully stamped for a prize
Spicebush caterpillar (aka Caterpie the Pokemon) always makes people smile at the caterpillar table
Caterpillar care class
Specimen display at the 2019 Butterfly Festival
Caterpillar display at the 2019 Butterfly Festival
Face Painting at the 2019 Butterfly Festival
Plant sale and butterfly garden tour at the 2019 Butterfly Festival
BSV Information table at the 2019 Butterfly Festival
Book signing and lecture with Wayne Richards and Judy Burris, authors of Life Cycles of Butterflies
Frass-tossing looper caterpillar camouflaged in a zinnia.
Fourth instar, second instar and frass. Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterius) caterpillars on flat leaf parsley.
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) feeding on Passion vine
Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) 2-3rd instar feeding on Spicebush
late instar Monarch caterpillars (Danaus plexippus)
5th instar Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) on Spicebush
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on Passion vine
Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes) on butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.)
"I'm ready for my close-up." Cute face of the Giant Swallowtail.
Puddling male Zebra Swallowtails in the Great Dismal Swamp.
Mating Giant Swallowtails (Papilio cresphontes)
Upperside (Dorsal) view of Easter Comma (Polygonia comma) on white penta
Underside (ventral) view of Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma).
Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) on penta.
Julia Longwing (Dryas iulia)
Very small skipper
Female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) on zinnia
Female Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus), melanistic (dark) form on glossy abelia (Abelia grandiflora)
Horace's Duskywing (Erynnis horatius) on celosia
Moth, Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos), and Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia)
Red Spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Orange Sulphur (Colias eurytheme) on yellow dwarf zinnia
Male (Eastern) Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) puddling, drinking salt water in the Great Dismal Swamp
Underside (Ventral) view of Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
Upperside (dorsal) view of Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on coleus.
Underside (ventral) view of Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) on red celosia
Upperside (dorsal) view of Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)
Upperside (dorsal) view of American Lady (Vanessa Virginiensis)
Underside-American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis) nectaring on zinnia
Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) on marigold
Male Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) on white celosia.
Red-banded hairstreak -dark form - (Calycopis cecrops) on garlic chives. Supposedly the dark form is an early morph, but the garlic chives flower in mid to late August.
Long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Long-tailed skipper (Urbanus proteus)
Fiery skipper (Hylephila phyleus)
Gray Hairstreak (Strymon melinus).
Female Great Purple Hairstreak (Atlides halesus) on obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana).
Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) on zinnia
Female Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) on zinnia sp. Females have a blunted forewing tip and an extra white marking on the tip near the small eyespot.
Underside of female Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) on butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.). If you stare at the large eyespot, do you start to see a beak, crest, and shoulder of a bird?
Silver spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus) on dwarf red zinnia
Skipper on juniper
Cabbage white (Pieris rapae)
Male Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) on pine bark. This species flies low to the ground
Mating Monarchs (Danaus Plexippus) on common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos) on tickseed.
Why is this a question mark (Polygonia interrogationis)? Look for the white question mark on the underside of the hindwing.
Zebra Swallowtail (Protographium marcellus)
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) on Lantana
Monarch (Danaus plexippus)
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) on Penta
Question Mark Butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) nectaring on Ms. Huff Lantana
female Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) nectaring on Common Milkweed
Female Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus) nectaring on Butterfly weed
Male Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) on Pipevine
male Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) nectaring on butterfly weed
male Eastern Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on Coral Honeysuckle
American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)on Purple Coneflower
Imperial Moth (Eacles imperialis) by M.A.Cullen
Ailanthus webworm moth (Atteva aurea) on glossy abelia (Abelia grandiflora)




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