Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
I hope that the summer is treating you wonderfully so far. I also hope you are finding ways to get out and explore, while still being careful in the heat. Be sure to always wear proper clothing, sun protection, and hydrate well (DRINK LOTS OF WATER)! It's also better if you can explore early morning or after 2:00 p.m., the sun is strongest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Yesterday, my girls and I saw lots of butterflies fluttering about. So I decided that I would encourage all of you to get out there and look for some yourselves. Use these activity pages to help you identify butterflies and possibly even larva or eggs! We also recently put up a hummingbird feeder and some butterflies have visited as well.
Butterflies don't stay still for too long, so snapping a picture can be difficult. However, I would love to see some photos if you can take them. The butterfly that my family has been seeing the most of is the gorgeous swallowtail pictured above. It's distinct yellow coloring, and broad, black edge makes it easy to spot. It's also a fairly large butterfly.
Butterflies are not only beautiful, they are important pollinators. They will also consume weeds at times, and they provide food for many other animals in the watershed. Get outside this afternoon and see if you can spot one. If your lucky, one might even land on you!