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Butterflies are stealing the local nature news lately. An abundance of Great Spangled Fritillaries, Hairstreak spp. and other species are covering appropriate habitats during the past few weeks. Compton Tortoiseshells, Coral Hairstreaks and Tawny Emperors highlight the 20-plus species of butterflies seen at Wildcat Ridge WMA on July 2.
Not all is rosy in the butterfly world in 2015. This observer can count the number of Monarchs he has seen this year on the fingers of one hand. Swallowtails do not seem to be faring much better.
Take a walk to the Friends Blind at the Great Swamp NWR Wildlife Observation Center and be greeted at the bridge by a robustly vocal Marsh Wren.
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