As stated in the last post, the Bobolinks and Butterfly Festival at Byers Woods was started in order to protect the bobolinks, but we enjoy promoting the diverse butterfly species too. Greater Mohican Audubon put in a butterfly garden at Byers Woods many years ago, and its native plants attract a crowd... both human and butterfly.
American Snout .....photo by James Suchy
It's not too difficult to figure out how this flutter-by came by its name. This southern species migrates north (often from Texas) to lay eggs on it only Ohio host: Hackberry trees. Byers Woods has multiple Hackberries, and all three butterflies dependant upon that plant: American Snout, Hackberry and Tawny Emperor.
Milbert's Tortoiseshell..... photo by James Suchy
James Suchy sent along this beautiful photo of the Milbert's Tortoiseshell. Almost like magic, this brilliantly colored butterfly can "disappear" by closing its wings, and looking ever-so-much like a dead leaf. A wonderful bit of camouflage.