Monday, July 13, 2009

Butterfly Quiz

Days and days of rain have finally given way to sunshine. Summer's flowers have begun to bloom thanks to a week's worth of decent weather. With an abundance of flowering plants comes a long parade of insect pollinators eager to consume nectar and gather pollen. Aside from bees, butterflies are some of the most easily recognized visitors to the sanctuary's gardens.

Can you identify these four common species of butterflies that are frequently visiting the sanctuary's gardens, fields, and meadows?

Each of these beautiful insects were photographed on one of the Butterfly Bushes (Buddleia sp.) located near the Museum and Naturalist Cottage. Even a modestly sized garden such as ours can attract numerous species of butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

Feel free to leave your answer to the butterfly quiz in the comments section of this post and I'll post the answers on Wednesday.

-Adam Zorn, Naturalist

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