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Old Apr 24, 2011, 5:25 PM   #1
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Spring continues to sprout its riches across the East Tennessee landscape, and this past Holy Week was no exception.
Was down many local trails, continuing work to document new species in the region (the first step towards protection is knowing what is there...)
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Found several new records of Canada Violet - these are usually nearly white, but there's plenty of color variation. And also some new records for the tiny dwarf iris - Dwarf Crested Iris. Have never seen this many blooms of DC Iris together at one time!
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Pinxter Azalea has reached a peak of abundant bloom...
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And so has this wild ginger. You can see why it's called "Little Brown Jug!" Those odd-looking flowers are pollinated by ants - that's why they don't need bright colors, but do need a sweet smell, and to grow so close to the ground.
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Of course, an abundance of bloom means an abundance of butterflies too. Here is a West Virginia White enjoying some Wild Gernium nectar and some Garlic Mustard nectar. Unfortunately, Garlic Mustard is a non-native species that chokes out native wildflowers. And when Whites lay their eggs on Garlic Mustard, the caterpillars often die. (This is one plant we are NOT protecting in the parks!!!)
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This Monarch just arrived (perhaps fresh from Mexico?) and is already laying eggs on the new Milkweed sprouts. Isn't it amazing how such a tiny-brained "bug" can find its way on the migration path, and then find the appropriate plant for its young!
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Several species of Swallowtails have been joining the "bachelor parties" at puddles. It seems that male butterflies need the minerals from mud (or from animal droppings, carrion, etc) to have the most successful reproduction...

Here are some Pipevine Swallowtails (the bad-tasting ones), some Spicebush Swallowtails (mimic of the pipevine, but not bad-tasting), one Zebra Swallowtail, and plenty of Tiger Swallowtails. What a great puddle party!!
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We are also beginning to notice emergence of another delicate insect. Mayflies spend from 2 - 3 years as nymphs ("babies") in clear cool streams. When they emerge as adults, they usually last one day or less. Here's a freshly-hatched one, enjoying its one day in the spring sun...
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Have enjoyed many more spring hikes these past few days, and will post photos as time permits.

Hope you enjoyed this little bouquet, and that you will share your comments, critique & suggestions.

And a happy & blessed Easter to all!!
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Happy Easter to you, too! A wonderful series of butterflies - I've never seen anything like your puddle party pictures - how cool to have the ability to see so many butterflies in one place! Amazing to me, and the variety is wonderful.
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