I saw this butterfly yesterday outside of my office and almost stepped on it, thinking it was a leaf! My husband and I both tried to identify it with no success. Can you help?!
Feb. 20, 2013
I am pretty sure it is a Question Mark Butterfly, Polygonia interrogationis.
It is similar to the Comma Butterfly (Polygonia comma), but has an extra little “dot” on the hindwing marking.
Both of these species are native to this area and both overwinter as adults, so it isn’t too surprising to see one at this point.
Hope that was helpful. We will be happy to attempt ID for any critters you get questions about. It’s fun.
Rivanna Master Naturalists
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The new edition of the Rivanna Naturalist News newsletter is now out! It includes a message from our president, a summary of the volunteer efforts of our chapter in 2012, upcoming volunteers and more.
Check it out here!
Update on January 20: There are a few spaces left in our 2013 class (beginning Feb 13), so if you’d still like to apply or have questions about the program, contact Laura Seale: lauraseale68 [at] gmail [dot] com or 434-974-7233.
More information about the class and registration process can be found here.
Interested in the 2013 training class? The 2013 course will run from February 13 to May 22, 2013. Class will be on Wednesday mornings from 9 am to noon. There will be several Wednesday afternoon and Saturday field trips. See the draft class schedule–note that dates are still subject to change.
Information sessions. There will be three information sessions about the Rivanna Master Naturalist program:
Each session provides the same information, and attendance at an information session is not required in order to apply.
To apply for the Rivanna Master Naturalist program, please fill out the 2013 application and have three references fill out the 2013 volunteer reference form, all to be submitted by January 17, 2013 .
For more information or if you have questions, contact us at rivannamn [dot] info [at] gmail [dot] com or call (434) 974-7233, or email Laura Seale, RMN Chapter President at lauraseale68 [at] gmail [dot] com.
On Saturday, March 3, a group of about twenty eager RMN members and friends hiked into the Maple Flats area of George Washington National Forest to seek for salamanders among the vernal sinkhole ponds there. John Holden led the group, and the day proved to be perfect for salamander-spotting: cool and cloudy, and it had rained the night before. Our careful lifting of logs and rocks yielded at least eight individual specimens of five separate species over about a three-hour span.
Welcome to the Rivanna Master Naturalists’ blog! Here you’ll see reports from trips, news about upcoming events, and other RMN announcements and information that will be useful–or if not useful, at least entertaining. Thanks for checking it out!