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Eastern Tailed-Blue (Everes comyntas) - Lycaenidae Family. Photo from Wikimedia Public Domain.

Gossamer Butterfly Family (Lycaenidae)

Gossamer Wing family butterfly is called the “gossamers” because some of the butterflies have wings, which are so sheer and delicate the wings look like the soft, filmy, sheer fabric called gossamer. They are also called “the little butterflies” … [Read More...]

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). Swallowtail butterfly family. Photo by Donna L. Long.

Swallowtail Butterfly Family

  Swallowtail butterfly family includes large, attention-demanding butterflies. Swallowtail butterflies are classified as members of the subfamily Papilionidae (Swallowtails) of the order Lepidoptera (butterflies, skippers and moths). The … [Read More...]

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) Butterfly. White and Sulphur butterfly family. [photo by Paul B. Toman. on Wikimedia]

Whites and Sulphurs (Pieridae) Butterfly Family

  Whites and Sulphurs are the most numerous and most often seen butterflies in the Philadelphia area where I live. They pass through my garden from late morning into late afternoon. I think the Cabbage White was the first butterfly I learned … [Read More...]

Zabulon Skipper Butterfly (Poanes zabulon) Skipper (Grass Skipper Family. Photo by Donna L. Long.

Skipper Butterfly Family

Skippers belong to the butterfly family named Hesperiidae. These furry, stocky little butterflies look like a cross between a butterfly and a moth. Skippers are the most numerous butterfly visitors to our gardens and backyards. The name Skipper comes … [Read More...]

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The Smell of Rain

I woke up to the smell of rain. I walked in my garden and breathed deeply of the scent of good Earth. Moist dewy air filled my lungs. The rain hadn't … [Read More...]

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Pine cones and long, graceful pine needles

Words Before All Else A new year begins. I think it fitting to begin the year with words of thanksgiving. The Words That Come … [Read More...]

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Why Native Plants?

There are misconceptions among people who don't know what native plants are and why they are so important. I think the first misconception is that … [Read More...]

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