Meet up for this walk will be the main parking lot near the map display. If there have been recent rains there is a chance we might encounter puddling butterflies at a known mud hole. If not, there will be opportunities to experience some of the best butterflying in Orange County.
Brumley Forest Nature Preserve has multiple areas in which to see large numbers of certain species of butterfly. We hope to have timed this walk perfectly to experience numerous Great Spangle Fritillaries in a quaint glade off one of the trails. There are “sweet spots” throughout the preserve in which one may find an abundance of Orange Sulphurs, Silvery Checkerspots, Carolina Satyrs, and puddling male Tiger Swallowtails.
Be sure to bring a camera as there is always something photoworthy while hiking through the preserve. We recommend wearing hiking shoes or boots as the trails can be muddy. Bug spray is optional as it is still early in the season. Please bring beverages or a snack if you require them. A questionable port-a-potty is available. No flush toilets or other amenities. The town of Hillsborough is about three miles away.
Video is of some puddling male Tiger Swallowtails observed on May 11, 2017.