Aug 28th, 2012

One Family's Black Swallowtail Butterfly Rescue

Guest blog by Catherine Parrish Tejnecky,  Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden member

This summer my family was inspired by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s butterfly exhibit to take an extra step with the caterpillars who visit my herb garden this year. We decided to remove them from the garden at the point they were large enough to pupate and protect them during this delicate time.

According to Joyful Butterfly only 1 out of 100 caterpillars reach adulthood. We hope that our work has contributed to sustaining a population that faces trials from humans at every corner — from global warming to pesticide use. It may be a very little help, but when the wing of a butterfly beats here it may be felt as a hurricane around the globe.

Please enjoy the slide show record of our adventure and the video we made:


Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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