Big City, Little Homestead

Living rural in the city.

Butterflies to see and links to share for Pollinator Week

It’s said that birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammal pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of our food. Pollinating flowers is a serious job. And thus, the Pollinator Partnership organization created an event called Pollinator Week, every year around the third week of June – this year, it’s June 19-25. I blogged about it a few years ago, with a bonus DIY Mason Bee house project.  So, to inspire people to do something to appreciate or even help our pollinators, I found a few links to share. Nature herself also motivated me: the cover photo for this post came from my recent trip to the Adirondacks, where I found a bunch of Eastern Swallowtail butterflies mud-puddling on the beach.

If pollinators had dating profiles, these would be those. This is an article by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, on my favourite publishing platform, Medium. It’s cute and clever and I learned a few species.

The Canadian Wildlife Federation has a few handouts with in-depth information on helping pollinators in your garden. (Look for a “Poster and Handout” kind of link in your search there, they have moved the resource in question, and I haven’t seen it yet). This is the page for butterflies. You’ll find a library of information on biodiversity and all the campaigns that the CWF supports. They are my go-to place for information related to wildlife gardening, and making our towns and cities hospitable to nature again.

I have a puzzle for you:

While I was watching the Eastern Swallowtails (27 of them!) at the beach, I saw a Red Admiral butterfly also mud-puddling. (Here is an Instagram photo (follow me!) of one that was sunning itself in the backyard last week.) Another butterfly also was there, on the beach, and I’m going to give you the photograph below, and turn on the comments for this post.

Q: Can you tell me what butterfly this is? And how can you tell the difference between a butterfly and a moth?

Also published on Medium.


  1. Butterflies have smooth antennae and moths have fern-like antennae.

    • Jane Sorensen

      June 23, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      That’s a lovely blog post about the Mourning Cloak Butterfly! Thank you for finding and posting it!

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