On August 24, Mr. Ricky Patterson visited The Crosby Arboretum to document butterfly and related species on-site. He is an associate with the Mississippi Entomological Museum at Mississippi State University. Below is a list of what he observed. Mr. Patterson hopes to return once more this year to continue his work. We are very appreciative of the information he has provided for us.
Mr. Patterson’s List:
Scientific Name Common Name
Polites themistocles Tawny-edged Skipper
Polites vibex Whirlabout Skipper
Nastra lherminier Swarthy Skipper
Oligoria maculata Twin Spot Skipper
Hylephila phyleus Fiery Skipper
Pyrisitia lisa Little Yellow Sulpher
Abaeis nicippe Sleepy Orange Sulpher
Phoebis sennae eubule Cloudless Sulpher
Strymon melinus Gray Hairstreak
Papilio troilus Spicebush Swallowtail
Agraulis vanillae nigrior Gulf Fritillary
Exyra semicrocrea Pitcher Plant Moth
Mississippi State University has a guide to butterflies and plants that attract butterflies and an online article about attracting butterflies.
Join us for the annual Bugfest on September 21 and 22 and see how many you find!
Sr Curator, R. Stafne
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