Butterfly Life Cycle Walk

Join Joe Bens, Ann Geise, and Marjie Becus for a walk in the Oxbow to look for a variety of butterflies in various stages of their life cycle. Besides adult butterflies nectaring on flowers, we will also identify host plants and hope to find eggs and caterpillars. Late summer sees several species of butterflies, normally found to the south of us, move into the area. Southern Dogface, Little Yellow, Dainty Sulphur, Checkered Skipper and several more unusual species are all possible. If it’s a hot, dry summer there tend to be more southern migrants.

Joe Bens is a long-time, all around naturalist. He started bird-watching at 15 and soon became interested in other wildlife such as butterflies, skippers and dragonflies. Joe has mastered ID for most of these species and is also an excellent botanist. He has been leading field trips to the Oxbow area for many years and is very familiar with the area.

Marjie Becus is a botanist from the Cincinnati area. She has a special interest in rare plant species especially running buffalo clover and native orchids. She likes to hike and is always looking at the vegetation along the way. She loves leading wildflower walks especially in the Spring.

Ann Geise is a nature and wildlife artist from Cincinnati. She has a biology degree from NKU, and worked as artist for Cincinnati Nature Center for 19 years. Her interests include all things in nature but especially botany, birds and lepidoptera, which are often subjects for her paintings. Ann also designed the Oxbow logo.

Meet in the main Oxbow parking lot. [see top of page 8]sunscreen and water as there is little shade. Binoculars are useful but not required to get a good look at the beautiful butterflies that make the Oxbow their home.

To reach the Oxbow, take I-275 to the Lawrenceburg, Indiana exit. Turn left onto U.S. 50 at the end of the exit ramp, and proceed about a hundred yards. Turn left onto an unmarked road just past the Shell station. Turn right at the “T” intersection, then left to the meeting spot at the next “T”.

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