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Upstate field trip: Butterfly Garden at Roper Mountain Science Center
September 9 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Join trip leader Virginia Meador for a visit to the butterfly garden at the Roper Mountain Science Center in Greenville on Saturday, September 9 at 10:30 am.
Butterfly larva are picky eaters of our native plants. For instance, Monarch Butterfly larva require the undersides of the milkweed family. Come to see the native plants (pawpaw, passion flower and pipevine) installed by the Roper Mountain staff that are needed by larva of specific species of butterflies found in our area. Also, a part of the garden are plants that make an excellent nectar supply for adult butterflies. Bring a sun hat, insect repellent, your field guide, lunch, and plan to enjoy the dining gazebo in the garden after we finish. Recommended is: Peterson First Guides Caterpillars. It is a simple but effective field guide that shows the larva/butterfly and discusses the connection of the larval food plant or plants specific for each butterfly species. Meet in the parking lot on the right just past the Roper Mountain’s gate at 10:30.
This field trip is coordinated to the Upstate NPS annual meeting on Tuesday, September 19. Dr. Sarah Ross will present new research on the Monarch Butterfly and the reasons it is in trouble. Please see more information by clicking on Sept. 19, 2017.