The White House Farm participates in the regional North American Butterfly Association count which includes multiple locations from Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park to Island Ford near Elkton, VA. We always look forward to this event since, over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the number and diversity of butterflies at the farm.
This is due in large part to the conservation practices that farm owner Scott C. Plein has undertaken over the years. The 52 acre riparian buffer is now a virtual nursery for caterpillars as many lepidoptera use native warm season grasses and wildflowers as host plants. The trees which border the river and the open field also provide food and habitat.
Due to rain in the forecast for the original date of July 6, the regional count has been rescheduled until Friday, July 20 (9 am – 11 am). The public is welcome to join this walk – no experience necessary. We will walk along the mowed paths in the grassland area, identifying as many species as we see and discuss the many fascinating aspects of butterfly morphology, life cycle, habits, identifying features, etc. Dogs on leashes and kids welcome. Just RSVP through our contact form.