Spicebush and Spicebush Swallowtail

Spicebush and Spicebush Swallowtail

Lepidoptera — an order of insects that includes butterflies and moths. What a wonderful week for this budding lepidopterist. At the end of June, my new co-worker, Kaita, gave me a dozen recently hatched cecropia moth caterpillars (Hyalophora cecropia). The cecropia moth is North America’s largest native moth and is a member of the silk […]

Ethmia Zelleriella Moth and Fernleaf Phacelia

Ethmia Zelleriella Moth and Fernleaf Phacelia

If you want to have a healthy variety of butterflies and moths on your property, you need to provide their host plants. Ben bought our house in 1991, and it sits on a .4 acre plot of land just north of downtown Asheville. Besides three magnificent oaks and a nice pine, the landscaping consisted of […]