It's time for the annual Open House at my butterfly farm on Saturday, October 21st, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m (you don't have to stay for the whole event). Belong to a garden club or nature organization? Spread the word and bring a friend! All are welcome!
Come and see a working butterfly farm. Tour the flight cage and watch as butterflies select plants on which to lay their eggs, then walk through the "Caterpillar Greenhouse" and see various species of caterpillars feeding and pupating. The gardens on the property (1 1/2 acres) should be covered in butterflies -- particularly migrating Monarchs. Last year on this date there were over 1,500 flying in the yard, although I can't make any guarantees about numbers this year. This is a great way to get some ideas of what butterfly nectar and host plants you can add to your own yard. Dale Clark's butterfly collection, with specimens from around the world, will also be available for people to see.
An excellent photo opportunity and learning experience, so bring a friend or anyone who you think might enjoy the experience. Be sure to arrive on time so you can partake in the drawings we will have for plants and other butterfly related giveaways. If the weather is questionable, be sure to check the DCLS website (www.dallasbutterflies.com) or Facebook whether the event is "a go". The forecast looks good right now.
Directions: From Dallas, take I-35E south (roughly 17 miles). Take the Bear Creek Road exiti (#412) and turn right (west). Go two miles to Hampton Road. Turn left on Hampton Road. My place will be the first driveway on the left -- but continue driving south past my driveway and pull into the driveway that leads into a field in front of a huge aluminum sided bulding and park. Walk over, sign in, and get your ticket for the give-aways.
As always, attendance to all Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society meetings is free of charge and open to anyone.
See you Saturday!
Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society