I witnessed this Monarch Butterfly emerging from a cocoon at the Janet Huckabee Arkansas River Valley Nature Center here in Arkansas. Monarch Butterfly Facts The mature butterfly emerges after about two pupal weeks, and hangs from the split chrysalis for several hours until its wings are dry (often in the morning). Meanwhile, fluids are pumped into the crinkled… Read More »
I spotted this Prairie Kingsnake crossing a gravel road here in Arkansas and was able to grab a quick photo before it disappeared in the tall grass. Prairie Kingsnake Facts Prairie kingsnakes’ preferred habitat is open grassland with loose, dry soil, typically on the edge of a forested region, not far from a permanent source of water. Their… Read More »
I spotted this Barred Owl while hiking at Fort Chaffee here in Arkansas. Barred Owl Facts The Barred Owl is a large typical owl. It goes by many other names, including Eight Hooter, Rain Owl, Wood Owl, and Striped Owl, but is probably known best as the Hoot Owl.