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Butterfly Garden Workshops

June 23, 2011
teachers participating in wildflower observation activity

One of the activities the teachers participated in was to closely observe and identify wildflowers that they will have in their new butterfly gardens.

During the past week, teachers participated in two butterfly gardening workshops with Museum educators Mike Dunn & Melissa Dowland at Prairie Ridge. They learned that black swallowtail caterpillars eat bronze fennel plants, as well as others in the parsley family – so check your garden for these black, yellow, green and white caterpillars and watch them transform into beautiful butterflies! In the fall, the Museum will work with 8 public schools to install butterfly gardens. These workshops are a collaboration between the Museum and the NC Dept. of Public Instruction science section.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

A black swallowtail caterpillar feeding on bronze fennel

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