The Beauty of Butterflies

It stood over six feet tall, had huge, faceted eyes, a long tube of a snout and a series of breathing holes in its body. The strange creature tasted with its feet and smelled with its antennae. Its four wings just could not get it airborne. If you are wondering what this is all about, it was just part of PPL Montour Preserve’s annual butterfly day. This year, the public program featured Rick Mikula, aka Butterfly Rick, of Hole-in-Hand Butterfly Farm, Hazelton. Mikula offered an informative and entertaining presentation on butterflies and, to the delight of the audience, transformed himself into a huge butterfly.

Butterfly expert Rick Mikula demonstrates butterfly adaptations at Montour Preserve recently.

 The event, held on Sunday, Sept. 9, included the tagging and release of about a dozen Monarch butterflies. Tagging a butterfly is like attaching a tiny license plate to each one. Each tag has a unique set of letters and numbers that goes into a database kept by the University of Kansas, home to Monarch Watch, a conservation and education program about Monarch butterflies. Tagging Monarch butterflies helps scientists determine how far Monarchs migrate, how long they live and their survival rate. Ninety kids of all ages attended this year’s butterfly program co-sponsored by the Central Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association. To learn more about Monarch Watch follow this link: For information about the North American Butterfly Association, follow this link:


  1. oahuhiking said,

    September 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Reblogged this on oahuhiking and commented:
    This guy is cool

  2. bruceczopek said,

    September 16, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I lived on Kauai for eight years. We had several large crown trees outside our house. It was a wonder and a delight to witness the Monarchs as they employed the trees as their one stop shop. A place to eat, play, mate, enter as a caterpillar and exit as a Monarch. Whew.

    Thanks to all those who serve to preserve and understand them.

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