Canton, NY, May 10, 2012 — Over the last several days, much of the North Country has been virtually blanketed with small orangey-red butterflies.
They look like monarchs, but they're not. They're a species called Red Admirals, or Vanessa Atalanta. Red Admirals are native to this area, and some will settle here for the summer. Their caterpillars eat nettles so they're not a danger to crops. But we don't usually see this many, and they don't usually pass through this early in the year. Go to full article
Sue Grimm points out a still-growing poylphemus. Inset: adult polyphemus
Paul Smiths, NY, Aug 10, 2011 — All kinds of creatures make their home in the North Country, including a number of native butterflies. Sarah Harris visited the butterfly house at the Paul Smith's Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) on a rainy Friday afternoon, talked to educator Sue Grimm, and has today's Heard Up North. Go to full article