Horespen Run Nature Preserve is already home to many cool insects, but right now, volunteers are trying to make it a special place for Monarch butterflies to raise their young. Monarchs are pretty special insects. Every fall, about when the first leaves turn, they fly to Mexico to spend the winter. When our area warms up in the spring, the monarchs return. The problem is, humans keep taking over the spaces where Monarchs like to live. We call that habitat loss.
If you walk far enough down Horsepen Run Nature Preserve’s gravel trail and look to your right, you will find a Monarch way station. The way station is a beautiful garden full of plants that Monarchs and their babies need to eat. We hope many of you will visit the way station and view the beautiful butterflies there. If you’d like to learn more about Monarch way stations, please visit this link: http://www.loudounwildlife.org/Monarch_Campaign_Plant_Waystations.html
Horsepen Run Nature Preserve is also home to many insects, including Luna moths and many types of bees. You may not like insects buzzing around your head, but they really help our world. Without insects, we wouldn’t have as much fruit. Worse, the frogs wouldn’t have a things to eat. You probably already knew that frogs eat lots of bugs.
We hope that you enjoy our lovely insects.