Our August GREEN POWER HOUR is scheduled for Monday, September 14th from 5-6 p.m. We can get a lot done in an hour.
Our next meeting will be Saturday, September 19th at noon. We meet in the library conference room. Join us for a brown bag lunch and discussion of how plans are progressing.
2015 WORK DAYS
We will begin installing the fence
between the butterfly garden and the and the road on
Saturday, October 31, 8:30 a.m.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!!
A great source of native plants is Bear Wallow Native Plants and Nursery. Nancy Fink, owner, is an active member of the Marshall Native Plants Initiative.
Did you know....
….Butterflies are insects.
….A butterfly’s lifecycle is made up of four parts, egg, larva (caterpillars), pupa (chrysalis) and adult.
….Butterflies attach their eggs to leaves with a special glue.
….Most caterpillars are plant eaters (herbivores).
….A caterpillar’s first meal is its own eggshell. It then spends most of its time eating the leaves of the plant on which it hatched.
….Fully grown caterpillars attach themselves to a suitable twig or leaf before shedding their outside layer of skin to reveal a hard skin underneath known as a chrysalis.
….An adult butterfly will eventually emerge from the chrysalis where it will wait a few hours for its wings to fill with blood and dry, before flying for the first time.
….A butterfly has a small body, made of three parts – the head, thorax and abdomen. Butterflies have two large eyes, which are made of many, many small parts. These are called ‘compound eyes’.
….Butterflies have two antennae on top of their heads, which they use to feel, smell and to hear. A butterfly’s mouth is a long tube, through which it sucks the sweet nectar from flowers. When the butterfly does not want to eat, it rolls the tube up!
....Butterflies have four wings.
….Butterflies have taste receptors on their feet.
….Butterflies have three pairs of legs. Their feet have little claws to help them stand on flowers.
….Butterflies often have brightly colored wings with unique patterns made up of tiny scales, sometimes with a hidden ultraviolet pattern to attract mates or sometimes used for protection.
….Butterflies may also see colors in flowers that are not visible to humans. Mass plantings of a flower are more attractive than just one or two of each. Fragrance in flowers is also important.
….Because butterflies are cold-blooded, they need to warm themselves on cool mornings before they can fly. Add a supply of dark rocks or mass of dark pebbles to collect the morning sun for the butterflies to rest and warm up.
….The average lifespan for an adult butterfly is 20 to 40 days. Some species live no longer than 3 or 4 days; others may live up to six months.
….Scientists estimate that there are between 15,000 and 20,000 different species of butterfly.
….Birdwing butterflies have large, angular wings and fly in a similar way to birds.
….Butterflies are found worldwide except on the continent of Antarctica.
….The greatest threats to butterflies are habitat change and loss of habitat.
What can YOU do to help butterflies??
UNITED WAYDAY OF CARING
September 12, 2015
We will have a special work day starting at 8:30 a.m. and going until noon. Please join us!
We've finished installation of the butterfly garden with a wide variety of favorite nectar and host plants for local butterflies.
Many of the plants are now blooming! Look for the red monarda and pink phlox...gorgeous!
Here are links to what's planted... both woodys (shrubs and trees), that create the year round structure, and perennials which come back even better each year.
Hard to believe this is the sign of a SUCCESSFUL butterfly garden!!!
This is a Mexican Butterfly weed plant, that has been thoroughly enjoyed by the caterpillars! They were fat and happy and covered the remaining stems when I first saw the plant. By the time I got the camera, they had moved on.