• 66°

Flutter by to see the butterflies Aug. 5

Preparing to transform

Submitted photo A Monarch caterpillar feasts on butterfly weed leading up to its transformation into a butterfly.

Butterflies are unique, beautiful and come in an array of colors. They are some of the most beautiful insects in a garden, and people will even plant certain flowers, shrubs and trees to catch a glimpse of their favorite butterfly.

Some people even know the butterfly’s species, which shows how much butterflies mean to people and gardeners. Hurley Park attendees and workers are no exception.

In Hurley Park, we see many pollinators, from honey bees to the lowly moths. I think moths are beautiful too, they just get a bad rap. One thing that all pollinators have in common is that they need a food source. Luckily, Hurley Park provides just that.

Currently, we have different varieties of milkweed in bloom. This is wonderful because it is a host plant for a few butterflies. Being a host plant means that the butterflies can either collect nectar/food from the plant’s flowers and/or the caterpillars can devour the entire plant themselves.

That’s one thing gardeners can sometimes have a hard time dealing with — yes, you will grow these plants so that they can be eaten. If we do not grow these plants, we lose out on our pollinators and of course, our beautiful butterflies. Given that not everyone knows this about pollinators and butterflies, Hurley Park has decided to help educate the public.

Last year, Hurley Park hosted a celebration simply titled, “Butterfly Release.” It was such a success that Hurley Park has now included it into an annual lineup of programs.

The event was conducted by All-A-Flutter Farms, which provided education on butterflies in general, as well as the famous Monarch and even had a Monarch butterfly release.

This year, we will be hosting the event on Sunday, Aug. 5, from 2-4 p.m. near the large (Haden) Gazebo. Mark your calendar because this event will be just as fantastic.

Participants will learn about butterflies, Monarch butterflies and their migration and host plants. Guests will even receive their own milkweed seed to plant at their home gardens. This is a great opportunity to help out our local pollinators since their habitat and host plant locations have dwindled due to urban encroachment and new farming practices. With a little bit of luck and education, we can help our local pollinators thrive for future generations.

For more information on Hurley Park, please visit: https://salisburync.gov/Government/Parks-and-Recreation/Parks/Hurley-Park, like us on Facebook and Instagram, or call us at 704-638-4459. If you would like more information on pollinators, visit: https://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-pollinatorconservation/



Afternoon, evening COVID-19 vaccination clinic planned Thursday


Concord man charged with woman’s murder in drive-by shooting

Ask Us

Ask Us: Have city, county elected officials received COVID-19 vaccine?


City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event


Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race


Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children


Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot


Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting


Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?


Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina


Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide


RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency