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M&T Bank Butterflies Live Takes Flight this Saturday at Lewis Ginter Garden

After a two-year hiatus, the butterflies are back and we have a sneak peek at these amazingly diverse and beautiful creatures.

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What you need to know before you go.

  • M&T Bank Butterflies Live runs from April 16th to October 10th and admission is included with your Lewis Ginter Garden Admission, $8 – $17 non-members, free for members.
  • The exhibit is open 9 am to 5 pm daily with extended hours on Wednesday Alfresco  which runs May 18th – September
  • The butterflies are located in the North Wing of the Conservatory (the big glass building) and you’ll be able to walk amongst them as they feed on plants and at feeding stations.
  • There will be hundreds of butterflies in the Conservatory with a focus on the tropical species but if you know your butterflies you’ll see some natives flitting about.
  • Twice daily, once in the morning and once in the afternoon, new butterflies are released.

This was Thursday’s morning release.

  • You’ll want to go more than once. The butterflies you see in April will be different from what you’ll see in May and July.
  • If you want to see butterflies flying head over on a sunny day. If you want to see butterflies being a bit more chill and resting then a cloudy day is for you. I speak from experience trying to get a picture of a butterfly flying is very hard. Even on a sunny day, they will often land on branches, flowers, feeding stations, and even humans.

One of the few in flight and in focus shots I managed.

Proof that they’ll land on humans. They will be attracted to bright colors. Sweat will also attract butterflies.

  • Don’t try to touch the butterflies. While it’s a myth that a single touch of the wing can prevent a butterfly from flying it’s still not good for them and you wouldn’t want an accident.
  • Watch your step and of course your children’s step. The butterflies will land on the ground to drink water and rest. The foot of even the smallest child would crush a butterfly.

Look down when you move around. Some butterflies’ camouflage works against them in this environment.

Apologies in advance for not getting the names of all the butterflies you’ll see in this post.

The Peacock Butterfly looks a little plain from this side.

The other side of the Peacock Butterfly.

One of the feeding stations.

This is the massive Atlas Moth. Notice the top of their wings that mimic snake heads.

This image was swiped from Wikipedia to give you an idea of scale of the Atlas Moth. Don’t worry they have their own container and won’t be landing on you.

The Emergence Room where all the butterflies emerge from their chrysalises is off-limits to the general public but we were lucky enough to get an invite and see where the butterflies transform.

This is the a 7–8 cm long papery cocoon interwoven with desiccated leaves and attach it to a twig using a strand of silk of the Atlas Moth.

This is the chrysalis from which the moth will emerge.

Tropical butterflies will emerge from these chrysalises.

Native butterflies will emerge from these chrysalises. You can see some already out.

 

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by the Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Orange Assassin Bug
Scientific Name: Pselliopus barberi
Length: 1/2 inch

Quick Facts

  • The assassin bugs are also known as bloodsuckers, kissing bugs, or coned nose bugs.
  • There are over 155 assassin bug species, and they are all similar by one specific characteristic, and that is, they are equipped with a pointed, curved mouth known as proboscis, which they use to stab and kill their prey, and also to defend themselves from predators.
  • These insects are highly predatory and spend most of their time hunting.
  • The diet of an orange assassin bug consists of caterpillars, insects, worms, houseflies, and other smaller bugs.

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Essence at Richmond SPCA

Age: 3 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 50903579

Hey duuude! My name is Essence and I think it would be totally rad if we became best buds! I am one cool pup with an awesome personality and I know I’d make a great addition to your family. I love playing with stuffed toys but I’m not all fun and games, I’m also a pretty smart gal. I dig treats and already know how to sit and lie down for one. If you’re ready for one far out adventure, you’ve gotta come meet me today!

Adopt Essence at Richmond SPCA

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RVA Big Market Shut Down by Ian

The Saturday Farmers Market in Bryan Park will not be happening this week due to the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

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The Official Statement from Grow RVA.

Per the Governor’s order, the RVA BIG MKT is canceled for Saturday October 1, 2022! GrowRVA Stay safe RVA!
A decision about the Sunday South of the James Farmers Market will be made late Friday afternoon!

The weather for the following Saturday is looking much better so you’ll be able to get all your farm fresh goods then.

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2nd Street Festival Cancelled Grand Master Flash Performing at Hippodrome

Although the festival is cancelled there is a least one show that will go on. Curse you Hurrican Ian, curse you.

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Sad news from Venture Richmond

Venture Richmond Events has made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the 2nd Street Festival, scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 1-2.

Like many, the Venture Richmond Events team has watched Ian for days, hoping that it would not be the massive and potentially deadly weather event that it clearly is. While we are extremely lucky to be a few states away from the serious issues Florida is facing, we also know that this weekend promises uncertain amounts of rainfall and potential wind gusts for our area. After consulting meteorologists, vendors, contractors, security, and other event planners, and after considering the Governor’s State of Emergency, we concluded to the best of our ability, that the event, if held, would not be safe. We must put the safety of our patrons, artists, vendors, contractors, and staff foremost.

There is good news though – a portion of the party will go on indoors! Our festival headliner, Grandmaster Flash will perform indoors at The Hippodrome theater on 2nd Street in Jackson Ward on Saturday evening. This performance will be FREE and open to the public, but capacity is limited and based upon availability.

2nd Street Festival at The Hipp

A special performance by Grandmaster Flash with an opening band

Saturday, October 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. 2nd Street

Doors 4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public with limited capacity and based upon availability.

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