|Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus|
|Our tribe of nature lovers on the field trip.|
|Sandy and Jeffery Belth|
|Jim Davidson and Jaret Daniels in the field.|
Jim Davidson is a long-time friend and one of my favorite field companions. We met up with Jaret Daniels, author of Butterflies of Ohio (also an excellent field guide) for a little pre-scouting and comradery.
Real nature enthusiasts are just as excited to see a beautiful Spicebush Swallowtail as they are to see the larval form of these leps, the caterpillars. I brought my blue Rubbermaid bin that has become a traveling exhibit of Cecropia moth caterpillars. We had a good representation of silk moth caterpillars and a few butterfly caterpillars as well. It was a very educational event all the way round.
|A nature freak moment...|
Part of the fun of these events is the good company we keep. The speakers and organizers had their own little "nature freak" moment in a parking lot in downtown Lebanon, Ohio. What could get this many people hanging out in a darkened parking lot late on a Friday night?
|Chimney Swifts dropping into a chimney|
|On the corner of Main Street|
|You might want to try dinner here,|
Hope to see you all again at the Midwest Native Plant Conference! A special thank-you goes out to Kathy McDonald, Jim McCormac and all the other wonderful people who help to put these event together and run them. My hat is off to you!