March, the month of the pollinator that doesn’t fly!

Ants, (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)  a quiet pollinator with many roles. Pollination by an ant is called myrmecophily, while seed dispersal by ants is called myrmecochory.  Is the ant’s journey one of an unaware “pollinator” who gathers and deposits pollen as she wanders...

February is the month of The Evening Primrose and the Primrose Moth

This month’s pollinator is the Primrose Moth, Schinia florida. This is a moth that would not induce screams or cries for help if it were to fly into the house; it would be welcomed because of its beautiful, unique pink, yellow, and white coloring; it would match...

January: Hoverflies and Yarrow

Hoverflies (also called flowerflies or syrphidflies) The cover photo is of a Toxomerus marginatus, or Margined Calligrapher taken by Elkins Park resident and FHSP Board member, Bennett Povlow.  It is a common species throughout North America. Fun facts:  Hoverflies...

December: The Red Admiral Butterfly

THE YEAR OF THE POLLINATOR: THE MONTH OF DECEMBER  December features the Red Admiral butterfly (Vanessa atalanta) and its favorite flower Echinacea (echinacea purpurea) Birds and insects are pollinators; more than 80 percent of land plants are pollinated by animals...

Bird Walks with Judith Gratz

Join Judith as she takes you through High School Park, for an early morning walk listening for and identifying birds who live here year round and those who are just passing through!  All walks are on the third Saturday of each month through June 2024.   Sponsored by...