Today is the first day of our annual longevity study and we need your help! If you see a tagged butterfly in the butterfly center please post a photo using #cbcstudy or email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org 🦋 Your input will help us keep our butterflies happy and healthy!
🐦 💩 or 🐛? The caterpillar of the giant swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes, hides in plain sight camouflaged as bird droppings (which is the last thing a bird would want to eat!). We will have tons of citrus trees for both your and the caterpillars enjoyment at our plant sale this Saturday 😋
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Feed those hungry babies 🍃 🐛 we will have tons of native and tropical milkweed for your hungry monarchs this weekend at our spring plant sale! 4/6 from 9 to 12!
A special thanks to @katyprairie and our wonderful volunteers for our beautiful new “pocket prairie” garden! Using only native plants, this garden will demonstrate how anyone can incorporate natives into their landscape to help out our local pollinators!
March 14th is National Learn About Butterflies Day! Longwing butterflies are among the most long lived butterflies in the world, averaging between 6-8 months (but some can live even longer)! This is due to their ability to consume pollen as well as nectar, giving them a protein boost. As seen in the video they collect pollen and store it on their proboscis where they mix it with saliva and then suck up the juices 🥤😋 pictured is the tiger longwing, Heliconius ismenius from Costa Rica
Behold the hypnotic gaze of the caterpillar of the Tersa Sphinx Moth 👀😮 (Xylophanes tersa) as caterpillars 🐛 these native Sphinx moths are often considered pests in the garden, but as adults they are important pollinators of night blooming plants.
Thanks to a little good luck and passionate and dedicated people, both professional and amateur, the population of monarch butterflies overwintering in Mexico this year is the highest in over a decade!