Have you heard of Hope Springs Institute in Adams County? It’s a wonderful retreat center that offers all type of programs. I’ve been going to the Women’s Winter Retreat, which is in early December, semi-regularly for the past 7 or 8 years. It’s a lovely place to be in December—the land is beautiful if a bit barren. But that’s early winter in Ohio!
I was fortunate enough to attend a program in early May this year. I’d only been to Hope Springs once before at this time of year, and what a difference! Green everywhere, birds singings, butterflies and moths flitting around, flowers blooming…basically a small piece of heaven less than 2 hours away from home!
Although I didn’t have much free time, I did take a walk in the meadow one afternoon. It was cold for May and there’s wasn’t a lot of pollinator activity but it was still gorgeous.
Following are some highlights of what I saw.
Eight-spotted Forester Moth
This moth was new to me. I tried identifying it on my own but was not successful. So, I emailed the picture to my friend Kelly (of Red and the Peanut) and she knew what it was right away.
Yes…I know it. The fuzzy orange legs give it a way. It’s a day-flying moth….you can tell that by the fuzzy tips of the antenna. It’s an Eight-spotted Forester (Alypia octomaculata).
Karner Blue Butterfly
I’m relatively sure I identified this one correctly. What a pretty, petite butterfly!
Butterweed or Golden Ragwort or Butterweed?
I thought I identified this correctly as Butterweed, then I decided it’s Golden Ragwort, and went back to Butterweed. But…the more I study it, and other pictures I took, the less I’m sure. What do you think?
Philadelphia Fleabane may be a common wildflower but it’s so pretty. Notice the tiny pollinator coming in for a landing?