It’s that time of year! The monarch (Danaus plexippus) migration is underway as these incredible butterflies begin their journey from as far away as Canada to overwinter in Mexico, coastal California, and the southern tip of Florida. We’ve been seeing plenty of monarchs a the Garden this week since Virginia is on the way for many […]Read More
Anna Estep, Lead Butterfly Curator, is a graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a focus in Environmental Science. She grew up in the Short Pump area and has always had a love for the great outdoors. Some of her work experience includes conducting historical and environmental programs, caring for various reptiles and amphibians, and conducting field research on turtles and birds. Her interests include embroidery, book collecting, camping, hiking, fishing, and history.
Today we begin a worldwide and week-long celebration of those somewhat elusive and undervalued insects known as moths. Possessors of natural beauty, their typical camouflage patterns and night-flying habits cause them to sometimes pass unnoticed. Though they are quite unlike the much showier butterflies, it is the oddities and quirks of moths that make them so fascinating. So […]Read More
Let us tell you about a few of our favorite pollinators! Since National Pollinators Week (June 20-26, 2016) starts today, we thought it would be a great time to raise awareness of and appreciation for those “behind-the-scenes workers” that do so much to maintain our environment, provide us with natural beauty, and put food on our tables. […]Read More