Thirty-eight colorful butterflies are featured in a new, beautifully designed full-color brochure produced by Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership (LDP).
The brochure and accompanying web pages seek to educate people about these colorful pollinators and the habitats they use. From Delta forests to fields and roadsides, visitors can use this brochure to help identify the butterflies they find.
“We want people in the Lower Delta to get excited about seeing these butterflies in their yards and surrounding natural areas,” says Meg Cooper, Coordinator for the LDP. “One of the goals of our organization is to promote the natural resources in the Delta, and butterfly watching is becoming more of a tourism attraction nationwide.”
Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic and environmental health of Mississippi’s Lower Delta through educational workshops and cultural programs; community and youth activities; and encouraging heritage, cultural, and nature tourism in the region.
The brochure “Butterflies of the Mississippi Delta” was initially published in 2008. This version is updated with more detailed photos and information about the life cycle of butterflies; photos of common caterpillars; and the size, scientific name, and habitat of each butterfly.
“We’ve created a section on our website to accompany the brochure,” says Cooper. “These web pages provide more photos and information about each butterfly’s food and host plants. People interested in attracting butterflies can use this information to include some of these plants in their garden.”
The new brochure was designed by Kathy Jacobs of Kathy Jacobs Design & Marketing, LLC, who also provided several of the photos. Washington County Master Gardener and butterfly enthusiast Alice Permenter also provided many of the photographs.
“I love to garden and be outdoors and I’ve worked hard to create wildlife habitat in my backyard,” says Jacobs. “I was pleased to be able to provide some of my favorite butterfly photos for the LDP to use in this brochure. It was a pleasure to work with the LDP on this project, which is near and dear to my own interests.”
To view the butterfly information on the website, visit https://lowerdelta.org/butterfly/. For more information about Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership or to request a brochure, call (662) 873-6261. Brochures are available for pick-up at Mississippi’s Lower Delta Partnership office at 401 Walnut Street in Rolling Fork, MS and the Rolling Fork Visitors Center.