Bald Head Island Conservancy


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Animals of Bald Head Island

About Bald Head Island Insects

Bald Head Island is home to a variety of bugs, or insects and arachnids. Bald Head Island provides important refuge for moths and butterflies, including the endangered Monarch, in the spring and early-summer and mid-migration in the fall. One of our most sighted bugs is the Golden-Silk Orbweaver, a colorful coastal spider that can be seen spinning its golden-tinted webs throughout the summer into early-fall. 

Why they are important: Many species of insects are pollinators and help to preserve our island by pollinating plants in each of our ecosystems. Arachnids shelter our native vegetation with their webs and control infectious insect populations.

When can you see them: Most of our island bugs are most active in the spring and summer months, with our migratory butterflies and moths and Orbweavers remaining active into the early-fall

What’s the best way to see them: Currently, we recommend visiting East Beach to see a variety of butterflies enjoying the dune plants or the North Carolina Coastal Reserve trails to see our Orbweavers decorating the trees.


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Birding Tours on bald head island

Bald Head Island has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by National Audubon Society due to the incredibly rich diversity of birds that can be found here. Join us on this guided tour as we search out many different species of birds among various island ecosystems. No previous birding experience required. Binoculars and birding field guides provided.


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Animals of bald head island

Meet the Bugs of Bald Head island

Yellow Garden Spider

(Argiope aurantia)

Gulf Fritillary

(Dione vanillae)

Eastern Hercules Beetle

(Dynastes tityus)

Western Honeybee

(Apis mellifera)

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