RED ADMIRAL BUTTERFLY

Even though there was a nip in the air, I was still amazed to see a Red Admiral butterfly float by as we were planting bitternut hickory acorns.  It is hard to believe that these migratory butterflies are on the same migration wave as birds.  Though everyone flocks to see the birds at Point Peele in the spring, no one seems to see these bright butterflies.  Next to the Mourning Cloak, these are one of our earliest butterflies.  If you want these beauties in your garden you will have to plant stinging nettle.  Yes, this is their larval plant.  And please, do not spray – be pollinator friendly.

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