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2024 Butterfly +Friends Release

This year's annual Butterfly (+Friends) Release was a celebration of our commitment to nurturing our local ecosystem. We proudly released a selection of native species, each playing a vital role in maintaining the balance of nature. Among them were the graceful Painted Lady Butterflies, the charming Pink Spotted Ladybugs, and the majestic Carolina Praying Mantises.

The inclusion of Carolina Praying Mantises was particularly strategic. We engaged 5th and 6th graders in raising them, as these fascinating creatures serve as natural predators to cicadas, a significant component of our ecosystem. While cicadas are preyed upon by Copperhead snakes, introducing Praying Mantises provides a natural counterbalance to this dynamic.

Additionally, the Pink Spotted Ladybugs were released to address the presence of aphids in our garden. Their appetite for aphids helps maintain the health of our plants, ensuring a thriving habitat for all inhabitants.

And let's not forget the Painted Lady Butterflies, whose beauty is matched only by their importance as pollinators. Their delicate wings carry the vital task of pollinating native wildflowers, contributing to the rich tapestry of life in our Butterfly Habitat.

With each release, we reinforce our dedication to fostering harmony within our ecosystem, ensuring its sustainability for generations to come.

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