Nature Notes for Orchard Cove: June 4, 2020

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

This is a photograph of the recently emerged Eastern Tiger Swallowtail from the nature walk at Orchard Cove on June 3, 2020. The butterfly would have overwintered in a chrysalis at Orchard Cove. This butterfly will lay eggs on Magnolia trees – like the tulip popular – and Cherry Trees, like the Chokecherry and Black Cherry trees we saw on our walk.

Swallowtail Caterpillars from Sam Jaffe of the Caterpillar Lab

Sam Jaffe’s photograph of a Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Top), Black Swallowtail (Middle), and Spicebush Swallowtail (Bottom). Learn more at:

Spicebush Swallowtail Chrysalis (similar to the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail)

Spicebush Swallowtail chrysalis

Painted Turtles

Turtle Yoga by Barry Van Dusen

Hi everybody, each week I (Sean Kent – MABA’s education and camp director) deliver a live online illustrated lecture called Nature Notes for the residents of Orchard Cove in Canton. I love nature and am infinitely curious with what is going on natural world. I am an educator, naturalist, accomplished landscape and wildlife photographer, and field biologist with expertise in native bee biology, species interactions, and ecology in general.

This post contains additional resources that correspond with the lecture, but might also be of interest to readers of Taking Flight in addition to the residents of Orchard Cove. Please contact me ([email protected]) if you or your organization/residence might be interested in live online illustrated lectures, including lectures on The Secret Life of Backyard Birds and Native Bees and other Pollinators. Be well and safe.

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