Have you ever seen a regal fritillary butterfly in the wild?
Not many people have, as there’s only one population of them in the eastern United States.
The good news for Lebanon Valley residents is that this population of regal fritillary butterflies can once again be found out at Fort Indiantown Gap, a few miles north of Annville.
Free guided tours to see these rare butterflies in their natural habitat will be offered again this summer on July 5, 6, 12, and 13.
Those in attendance can expect a tour lasting approximately three hours, but if need be, attendees are permitted to leave early.
Parking for the tours can be found by turning onto Asher Miner Road at the intersection of Asher Miner and Fisher Ave; located just north of the entrance to the National Cemetery. From there, signs and volunteers will direct cars to the proper area. See a map below.
Upon arrival, tour participants will park their cars in a caravan-fashion, fill out the required paperwork, and attend a mandatory safety/orientation briefing.
The tours will travel along gravel roads and mowed paths. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and personal items like bug spray and sunscreen are recommended. Drinking water will be provided.
For more information on the tours, as well as on the regal fritillary butterfly, visit the Fort Indiantown Gap website.