Triad Chapter – Historic Bethabara Park – May 24, 2014

Fourteen butterfliers participated in the Triad Chapter’s field trip to Historic Bethabara Park in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, NC on May 24.

We began the morning by checking on the progress of the expansion of the butterfly garden. Harriet McCarthy, a CBS member and also a Master Gardener, is the curator of this and other sections of the garden. Harriet explained the design of the butterfly garden and how it fits in with the other garden sections that include vegetables, fruits, herbs, and medicinal plants that are thought to have been used by the original Moravian settlers.

Following the garden demonstration, we spent some time looking for butterflies around the grounds, and we walked a portion of the adjacent greenway. This part of the outing was ably led by Gene Schepker.

Butterflies have been somewhat scarce in our area so far this season. We felt lucky to have seen 45 butterflies of the following 12 species:

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 7,
unidentified dark swallowtail 2,
Cabbage White 3,
Azure sp. 8,
Silvery Checkerspot 3,
Pearl Crescent 3,
Eastern Comma 1,
Silver-spotted Skipper 2,
Common Sootywing 2,
Least Skipper 4,
Little Glassywing 1,
Sachem 3,
and Zabulon Skipper 6.


Dennis E. Burnette
Greensboro, NC 27410