… and butterfly maven Susan McSwain will help you spot and identify them if you join her butterfly walk at the Quarry Gardens Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m. For the past 12 years, Susan has been in charge of the annual butterfly count that takes place in Nelson County under the auspices of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA).

The featured Red-banded hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), photographed here by Susan, is one of nearly 60 butterfly species so far identified at QGs. It raises its  caterpillars on the fallen leaves of sumacs, which are here in abundance.

Susan’s knowledge is deep, so you will learn more than butterfly names, and because she is also a volunteer with Butterflies and Moths of North America, you may also get a moth bonus.

Sign up for this fun walk at quarrygardensatschuyler.org/visit/. Space is limited.

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