Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Butterfly Quiz: Answers

And the answers are...
Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
As evidenced by the photos, each of these species relies on nectar as a primary food source. This is why they are attracted to flowers, especially those that provide a consistent supply of nectar. Many of the plants chosen for our wildlife gardens at the sanctuary were chosen for their nectar-producing qualities.
A few of our favorite butterfly plants include:
  • Butterfly Bush (Butterfly spp.)
  • Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia spp.)
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eupatorium spp.)
  • Asters (Aster spp.)
  • Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)

Try introducing one or two of the above plant species to your lawn or garden and see if the number of butterflies you observe increases.

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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