I moved slowly through the mottled light on the edge of the forest. The edge of the mountain is a wet site and and the ditch is choked with a gift most misfortunate. The Japanese knotweed that was brought here in the late 1800s as an ornamental substitute for native river cane gas already grown large. It was the small speck that popped into air and flew in little circular patterns through the forest of alien reeds. This is the place where the mint used to grow. It was the native butterfly’s natural food source. But today the sweet odors different mints warmed by the sun are not found. But the little skipper is a hardy little rascal. He’ll continue his search and find his favorite meals. There’s a native hydrangea nearby that he can smell.
The little skipper never loses his happy outlook as he bounces his way just a little deeper into the shadows where the knotweed cannot grow. There’s enough hydrangea to feed the tiny butterflies for a few weeks until some of the native mint is found.
When non native species escape captivity one of biggest problems that it causes is crowding out of the native plants. Which at first glance might seem to not be a big deal until you consider that something might depend in that native plant to survive.
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