Tomato Hornworms Glowing in the Dark

hornworm under blacklight

I learned from another Master Gardener Volunteer that tomato and tobacco hornworms actually glow in the dark under blacklight. Armed with this knowledge and a cheap blacklight from Amazon, I took a little trip out to the veggie garden this evening for a most gruesome task… dispatching the hornworms munching […]

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 […]

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 […]

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


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.

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