Butterfly Bush – Should it Stay or Should it Go?

monarch butterfly

I have a native plant dilemma…

Saturday I attended the the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association “Garden in the Valley” Symposium. The final speaker of the day, Janet Davis, is the co-owner of Hill House Farm and Nursery, here in Virginia. Janet did what any good speaker should do…she made me […]

Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillars on Bronze Fennel

I found three small swallowtail butterfly caterpillars munching away in the bronze fennel. If you find the ferny/fuzzy herb growing in your yard, let it grow! It’s a wonderful host plant and will ensure some lovely visitors to your yard this summer.

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze fennel

swallowtail butterfly caterpillar on bronze […]

Little Wood Satyr Butterfly

Found this pretty little guy hanging out in the weeds yesterday. I’m always excited to find a new-to-me butterfly because our first year was so full of them! I’ve mostly seen cabbage whites this year (also below).

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little wood satyr butterfly

cabbage white butterfly

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Butterfly Page Update

american copper butterfly

I’ve added a photo of an American copper butterfly to the Shenandoah Butterflies page. It stopped briefly on the Queen Anne’s Lace.

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

Don’t Pull All the Weeds

black swallowtail caterpillar on Queen Anne's lace

Well, I guess you can pull them all if you want, but I leave a few for the caterpillars…so we can continue to see Butterflies in Shenandoah!

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**