Can you find the following native species in the Penn Valley Mural?
White oak - Supports over 500 species of butterflies and moths! Most ecologically valuable tree in our area.
Sassafras - Host plant for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly
Sycamore - Majestic tree with beautifully mottled bark. Usually found near water.
Dogwood - Birds love the berries!
Beech - Sign of a mature woodland
Serviceberry - Berries for birds, beauty for humans
Christmas fern - A nearly evergreen native fern found on cool, wooded slopes
Bloodroot - Spring ephemeral found in rich woodlands
Goldenrod - Top perennial for late-season pollinators. Does not cause allergies.
Violets - Host plant for fritillary butterflies
Virginia creeper (vine with berries) - Host for 8 spotted Forrester moth
Swamp milkweed - Favorite milkweed of monarch caterpillars in the mid-Atlantic
Perennial sunflowers - Late season pollinator favorite
New York ironweed - Beautiful purple flowers for butterflies, deer resistant
Mushrooms - Abundant and spectacularly diverse in Eastern North America
Downy woodpecker - Our smallest woodpecker. Leave dead tree trunks for nesting cavities.
Baltimore oriole - Beautiful fruit-loving bird. Look high in the tops of trees to spot them.
Cedar waxwing - Plant native berry bushes such as dogwood, serviceberry, hawthorn, and winterberry to attract these birds.
Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera
Spicebush swallowtail butterfly - Will only lay eggs on native spicebush or sassafras trees.
Monarch caterpillar - Species of concern for diminishing numbers due to habitat loss
Leopard moth - Our largest Eastern tiger moth. Keep your night lights off to protect moths.
Spring azure butterfly - Females lay eggs in the buds of Dogwood trees.
Green sweat bee - An important wild pollinator of commercial crops and native plants
8 spotted Forrester moth - Virginia creeper hosts young moths.
Pearl crescent butterfly - Plant native asters if you want to see these beauties.
White tailed deer
Eastern grey squirrel