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Wild Ideas: Giants emerge in Slate Mills

After overwintering three giant swallowtail caterpillars that had pupated, Slate Mills resident Robin Williams sees two emerge from their chrysalises as healthy adults this spring, in this week’s Wild Ideas column.
The Rapp for June 16

Amissville's carnival next week; neighbors visit free this weekend at SNP; a Meredith Gorfein memorial program; choirs at Castleton; berries, bunnies and more in this week's The Rapp.
Nature lessons are life lessons

Local arborist and wildlife expert Lyt Wood, who is hosting the 31st annual Rappahannock Nature Camp June 13-24 on his 11-acre Singing Creek Farm, at the Hazel River’s edge two miles west of Rt. 231 in Sperryville.
Candid critter camera

A golden eagle returned to The Farm at Sunnyside in Washington on Jan. 2, and was photographed by a trail camera feasting on deer guts, almost exactly a year apart from the last golden eagle trail-cam sighting on the farm.
Wild Ideas: Spiders in the snow

Depending on the species, spiders can spend the winter dormant in any of their three life stages — egg, juvenile or adult — or stay active, even walking across snow, in this week's Wild Ideas.