Can you guess what this is? Plus last week's answer and winner!
** June 13, 2022
Monday Nature Mystery
We are pleased to announce the winner of our last Monday Nature Mystery, Seth Finkel! Please email us your snail mail address and preference for a hat or tote bag to: [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Monday%20Nature%20Mystery%20Winner!)
Congratulations to Seth for correctly identifying the Swarthy Skipper, Nastra Iherminier. According to Butterflies and Moths ([link removed]) , this species is dependent entirely on its host plant, Little Bluestem, a type of North American prairie grass that was named Perennial Plant Association’s Plant of the Year for 2022. This little brown butterfly is a skipper, in the family Hesperiidae, named due to their quick, darting flight habits. And at about an inch of wingspan, these little guys can be hard to spot. Don’t miss our upcoming butterfly identification workshop ([link removed]) to learn more!
Last Week's mystery: Swarthy Skipper, Nastra Iherminier. Photo: Judy Gallagher
Each Monday we’ll post a new photo and identify the previous week’s winner. They’ll receive an ASNV hat or tote bag.
Be sure to post your answer on our Facebook page @AudubonVA ([link removed]) under the Monday Mystery post...do not reply to this email with your guess! We only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email.
Please remember to write the common name, being mindful of hyphens, uppercase and lowercase letters and always include the Latin name in parentheses. To learn more about bird names click here ([link removed]) .
Photo: Famartin via Wikipedia
This week’s Mystery: While my blossoms may be beautiful, I am a destructive invasive species - who am I?
Post your guess (please list both common name and Latin name) on our Facebook page @AudubonVA ([link removed]) under this week's Monday Nature Mystery. Remember, we only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email!
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Please note that we only accept entries on our Facebook page where they are date and time-stamped. Remember that if you need to correct your entry, you should make a new posting rather than correcting the old one so that we get a correct time stamp for your correction. Winners are limited to one prize every 90 days.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for these two great upcoming events:
* June 16: Butterfly Identification Workshop with Dr. Leslie Ries ([link removed])
* June 28: Author Event: “A World on the Wing” with NY Times Bestselling Author Scott Weidensaul ([link removed])
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