Butterfly in the Making at Blackwater Creek

Butterfly in the Making at Blackwater Creek


I took this photo recently at Blackwater Creek Preserve in northeast Hillsborough County. It shows the caterpillar of the Common Buckeye butterfly munching on a native plant called False Foxglove.

Blackwater Creek is part of the Hillsborough River watershed. Miles of hiking trails showcase native habitats as diverse as pine flat woods, cypress domes and shady oak hammocks along the river. It’s a great place to see native wildflowers, birds and wildlife.

Best of all, as a Hillsborough County resident, I own it! Blackwater Creek was purchased with tax dollars through the Jan K. Platt Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program. I’m very grateful to have incredibly beautiful wild places like this so close to home.

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– Nanette O’Hara

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