Warm weather brings snakes, moths and more

By Michelle Provencher 6:46pm, July 26, 2014 - Updated 7:35pm, July 26, 2014
Wondering about the wildlife in your backyard?

Jim White, associate director of Land and Bio-diversity Management at the Delaware Nature Society, says there's plenty of animals and insects currently in the area, specifically some of the scaly sort.

"Well, you know, this is the time of year you can find snakes moving around in paramount. And I've been observing a lot of black eastern rat snakes, the common water snakes, garter snakes. Although, in recent years it seems like the number of snakes has decreased," White said.

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And if you want to get a glimpse of a variety of moths, White suggests simply turning on a porch light at night.

"It's a really neat way to see a high diversity of insects with very little effort," White said.

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White adds that this time of year also boasts a bounty of butterflies.

"Yeah, this is a good time of year to see probably the highest diversity of butterflies. I'm seeing great spangled fritillaries, tiger swallowtails, spicebush swallowtails, black swallowtails. So we're getting a really good diversity of butterflies right now," White said.

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White says the Monarch, probably the easiest butterfly to identify, seemed to be hard to spot until recently.

"Well, they seemed to be very sparse up until about a week ago. And even yesterday, I was out yesterday and I saw several," White said.

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White is among the butterfly lovers in Wilmington's count circle who are tallying their butterfly sightings this weekend. The results will be part of a national butterfly count.


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