Late Season Insect

Top Photo: Common green stink bug. I came across a green stink bug while walking on a service road here at the museum. Though it’s November, the temps were in the mid 70s, twenty degrees warmer than it is today. The insect was making its way up two bundles of loblolly pine needles which had fallen and lodged themselves on a small bare vine. There are at least two green stink bugs you can encounter here on the Carolina Piedmont,Read more

A Question Mark, a Comma, and a Question of Origin

Over the past few weeks I’ve seen several species of butterfly winging through the outdoor exhibits. Two of those species are very similar in appearance and both, if you’re hearing them for the first time, have rather odd names, Question Mark and Eastern Comma. Even their Latin names reflect the strangeness of the common names, Polygonia interrogationis and Polygonia comma respectively. How did these butterflies get the names Question Mark and Comma? The underside of the hindwing tells the story.Read more