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Butterflies at Fearrington

Fearrington is enjoying it’s best butterfly season in memory. Guests are sure to see beautiful yellow butterflies almost anywhere while strolling the grounds. There are dozens in the plants behind Roost, the cutting gardens, and even in Jenny’s Garden, and in front of the Granary.

The most common butterfly is the Eastern Swallowtail, the beautiful yellow flier that has been everywhere all summer. If you look closely you can see lots of yellow and a few black forms – all males are yellow and females can be either yellow or black. Here is a (very) partial list of the butterflies and moths that I have seen (and photographed) this summer in Fearrington Village: Spicebush Swallowtail, Red-spotted Purple, American Lady and Painted Lady, Great Spangled and Variegated and Aphrodite Fritillary, Fiery and Silver-spotted Skipper, Hackberry Emperor, Cabbage White, Sulfur, Common Buckeye, Sphinx and Leopard Moth.

Walk around, pay attention, share great locations with friends, plant butterfly friendly plants and we may see a visitation of Monarchs this year. Did you spot any at the end of August?

– Matthew Leavitt, Fearrington Resident

Enjoy more of Matthew Leavitt’s photography of Fearrington’s butterflies at http://tinyurl.com/fvbutterflies

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