Monday, September 17, 2018

Arcadian Honey Hole

Late summer day visit to "secret spot" of friends Jean and Bill.  They said we would find some butterflies....and WOW, did we ever.  It was a HONEY HOLE!

                                                                     Zebra Swallowtail

                                                                       Visit Arcadia
This is the only hint I will give on it's location.


Here is what attracted so many butterflies....a stand of over 100 Chapman's Blazing Star (Liatris chapmanii) growing in a very scrubby opening in the woods near a farm lane.  

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Liatris chapmanii
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Liatris
Species: L. chapmanii
Binomial name
Liatris chapmanii
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What a rare opportunity to a scrubby open area off of a farm road in very rural Arcadia.  We could not believe all the butterflies nectaring there.  There were dozens of Zebra and Pipevine Swallowtails.

Where there are butterflies one can expect to also see Damsels and Dragons!  Above is a Black Dancer (I think) (Argia fumipennis atra).
And below an Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera).

Thanks Jean and Bill for sharing this secret Honey Hole....we really enjoyed it!!!