Kentucky Pollinators Blog


Hummingbird Moths and Bumblebee Moths

~ Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife ~   The warm weather this week and the seeds sprouting in my nursery have me dreaming of spring. I also recently started stratifying some milkweed seeds for the nursery, which got me thinking about the bumble bee moths that I enjoy watching each […]


Striped Skunks

~ Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife ~   Skunks may not be the first animal that pops into your mind for backyard wildlife, but they are common visitors to many yards. Because they are active at dusk and during the night, they often go unobserved. Despite their infamous defense mechanism, […]


Gray Squirrels

~ Kentucky Pollinators and Backyard Wildlife ~   Of the three species of squirrels that can be found in Kentucky, the gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) is the most common. Gray squirrels are native to most of the eastern U.S. They have also been introduced to parts of the western U.S. […]


Tufted Titmouse

~ Kentucky Pollinators & Backyard Wildlife ~   The tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) is the only species of titmouse found in the eastern U.S. These curious, vocal songbirds are in the same family as the chickadees. In fact, once upon a time, they were in the same genus as chickadees, […]


The proofs arrived!

Last week I announced that my first book was at the printer. The proofs came yesterday. I am really excited about how they look! Only a couple more steps to go and then they will be ready to print. I think we are still on track for delivery in late […]


Skippers: Common, but often Overlooked Butterflies of Kentucky

Over the last week, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of brightly yellow tiger-swallowtail butterflies. Tiger-swallowtails are one of my favorite Kentucky butterflies and I love taking pictures of them on the milkweed and other wildflowers on our farm. However, there is another group of butterflies that I have […]