June 13, 2022

Monday Nature Mystery

We are pleased to announce the winner of our last Monday Nature Mystery, Seth FinkelPlease email us your snail mail address and preference for a hat or tote bag to: [email protected]

Congratulations to Seth for correctly identifying the Swarthy Skipper, Nastra Iherminier. According to Butterflies and Moths, 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 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 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.
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 under this week's Monday Nature Mystery. Remember, we only accept entries from our Facebook page, not via email!

Good luck!

-Audubon Society of Northern Virginia

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.

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