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Most people probably don't notice that butterflies are disappearing. ... And these lovely blooms may become a thing of the past. The Mimosa Tree, an invader species, is being eradicated here in North Carolina.

When a Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor) folds its wings, a curved row of bright orange dots underneath its wings can be seen. They fly from April until early Fall and are abundant in the North Carolina mountains. Their numbers are in decline.

Silktree Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) is commonly known as Mimosa here in North Carolina. This naturalized small ornamental tree originated from China. It is common along roadsides and other edge habitats. The silky, pink powderpuff flowers are very distinctive and aromatic. **Eradication of this invasive species is underway.

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Franklin, NC

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  • Uploaded on August 2, 2008
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    by Jean Gregory Evans
    • Camera: SONY DSC-H5
    • Taken on 2008/08/01 09:25:11
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 72.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash