Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
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Open to the public, this habitat has become a wonderful place for locals to enjoy as well as visiting nature photographers. To encourage other visitors to stop by the habitat, we've added this geocache The hope is you intrepid explorers will enjoy your visit to Eatonton and help Spread the Wings! ****Please stay on the paths. The plants are delicate!*** See our Monarch pathtag in the pics! To be randomly placed in the cache for the lucky!
A small group of volunteers began clearing debris on an urban eyesore lot in Eatonton, Georgia in early 2014 to create a native butterfly and primarily native plant habitat. One of the goals is to encourage gardeners, students, scouts and others to support the needs of pollinators including bees, hummingbirds, butterflies and skippers to name just a few, by adding native larval host plants to their gardens.
Just this first summer season, 8 of the 9 native butterfly larval host plants attracted adult butterflies to reproduce in the habitat! Those butterflies included: American Ladies, Buckeyes, Tiger Swallowtails, Pipevine Swallowtails, Gulf Fritillaries, Eastern Black Swallowtails, Clouded Sulphurs and Monarchs. As a certified Monarch way station, the habitat documents migrating, reproducing monarchs and developing larva in all stages flourishing in the habitat.
New features are planned for this special place as corporations such as Home Depot, APLA and the Ritz Carlton, along with nature loving individuals provide donations and/or manpower. Soon you'll be able to enjoy, not only the flora and fauna attracted to the site, but many more plants, walkways, a waterfall fountain and much more!
For more information, please contact email@example.com, or look for our page on facebook.
Come visit, learn and enjoy!
****Please note: The coordinates were taken with a problem device, so aren't exact by any means. Please give better coordinates so I can update.****
UPDATE! PATHTAGS HAVE ARRIVED! Kings and Queens of the butterfly world, these custom Monarch butterfly tags have the number 1 imprinted to indicate the first in a series unique to Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch. The first one will be placed in the cache 4/5/16 after 5 pm and will be replaced randomly, Have fun and help spread the wings!
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- 14Current and future plans fot the habitat
- 14Teach your children
- 15One of hundreds taken at the Briar Patch
- 15Great way to start the day, at the habitat with old friends and new...planting daffodils, swamp daisies, asters and had to slip in a ginger lily -not even close to native, but oh so sweet to smell on a warm Georgia evening.
- 16Swallowtail cycle
- 17Assorted chrysalides 10/1 the fritillaries in my garden (hanging by a single silk thread in one case) the monarch in the Briar Patch habitat #butterflies
- 18No rain this morning, so off to the habitat to see whatsup there..and lots going on. Dalton and Stacy worked on our puddling site...dug the shallow hole, lined with plastic, filled with river rock and sand, with water and there you have it!
- 4Tiger Swallowtail nectaring on lantana
- 5Red spotted purple, host plants: wild cherry, willow...loving all that rotten fruit we have left at the habitat this summer, taking a break on a budding sunflower
- b10She is sure enjoying the pineapple sage and cedar rose
- b11Another lady taking a break, thinking of tomorrow? or just the moment
- b12double teaming by bees
- b3Monarch look alike, viceroy....host plant is the Weeping Willow. A curious critter for sure, also enjoys rotten fruit!
- b6still enjoying that pineapple sage, would keep it just for this Giant Purple Hairstreak..but have found that so many winged wonders enjoy it, so stay it will. (host plant:mistletoe)
- b7odd couple, monarch and skipper
- b8Still plenty of butterflies in the garden today, no swallowtails for weeks, but the monarchs and smaller ones are everywhere! the native asters are absolutely moving with all the bees, skippers and small ones
- b9Someone said, lets go to the habitat-so we did! Sweet Caroline, full of charm and grace....wit and wonder, all together with those long legs and beauty.... so happy to put up our North American Butterfly Association certification sign
- Butterflies & Blooms in the Briar Patch
- Monarchand the lovely monarch, again with the bee bombs! got milkWEED? got monarchs!
- Monarch Butterfly Pathtags!Kings and Queens of the butterfly world, these custom Monarch path tags have the number 1 imprinted to indicate the first in a series unique to Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch. To be added to the cache randomly.
- Saving these winged beautiesDancing Butterflies in the Briar Patch
- Volunteers!Some of the folks who have helped make this happen!
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum