Butterfly forest

2007 April 16
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — Cedar Ridge Preserve is closed on Mondays, so this afternoon I visited the nearby Cedar Mountain Preserve, immediately south of Cedar Hill State Park on 1382. (Don’t let all those “cedars” confuse you.)

A White-eyed Vireo sang a long, complex jumble of a song, quite unlike his usual punctuated phrases and tending more toward catbird. Yellow-rumped Warblers, gnatcatchers, and cardinals flitted and called.

But it was the butterflies, not the birds, that were outstanding this afternoon. I found a shaggy-barked oak where they were swarming.


What emperor hackberries lack in brilliant colors, they make up in personality. After being smacked repeatedly in the face and body by these excitable insects, I decided that they are either blind, socially dysfunctional, or homicidal.


This spiny creature will, if it survives, grow up to be a question mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis)…


…and may look a lot like this. There are more butterflies and other life forms in the gallery.


Even the poison ivy looks nice this time of year. But please enjoy responsibly. “I can’t help it … it’s so beautiful–”

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2 Responses
  1. Richard permalink
    April 17, 2007

    Thanks for discovering the ‘CEDARS’! However, you didn’t mention the other one, Cedar Hill, the city.
    Once the county seat (briefly) of Dallas County.
    Cedar Hill is the highest altitude in north Texas.
    The Dogwood Canyon in Cedar Hill is soon to be the location of one of the largest National Audubon Parks in the area, over 300 acres. And, yes, there are Dogwood Trees there! It will contain a large Museum Building with many ‘bird’ facts and features. The Cedar Hill area is one of the most beautiful areas in north Texas.
    You didn’t mention where you are from? Do you live in Duncanville?

  2. Marion permalink
    March 26, 2009

    We are in the process of establishing a butterfly garden. It is at the back of the Park in the circle back by Urban Fish and Wildlife. Please do come by and have a look. Anyone wanting to give advice would also be appreciated.

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