A population of the rare/sensitive West Virginia White butterfly (Pieris virginiensis) has recently been identified at Hand Hollow Conservation Area by the New York Natural Heritage Program. The location where the butterflies were found is a moist hardwood forest patch supporting a diversity of native wildflowers, including the Broadleaf Toothwort/ Crinkleroot, the host plant for this rare butterfly’s larvae. We hope you share in our excitement about this discovery.
The presence of rare species makes it even more imperative that we control invasive species at our Conservation Areas. Garlic Mustard, an encroaching invasive plant, resembles Crinkleroot and fools the West Virginia White to lay its eggs on it. Garlic Mustard however is toxic to the larvae. If you are interested in helping CLC control invasives at our Conservation Areas, please contact Nate Davis, 518 392 5252, ext. 205.
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