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Painted Lady

Only 4 kinds of butterflies were identified on the PGT Butterfly Walk this afternoon; a record low. The problem was that it was cold, cloudy and there was a drizzly rain. Butterflies like warm sunny days. Donna Brunet identified one … Continue reading

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Buckeye Butterfly 

Late summer asters are the best place to find butterflies right now. The flowers are scattered all along the paths in the prairie. This afternoon I found this Common Buckeye feeding on New England Aster. Despite the name (“New England … Continue reading

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Swallowtail on Sunflower

Rosinweed, Silphium integrifolium As summer progresses I find it increasingly difficult to identify the confusing mix of sunflowers. Books such as “Ozark Wildflowers” by Don Kurz really help. The flower here is called Rosinweed. The butterfly is another Easter Tiger Swallowtail. … Continue reading

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Milkweeds for Monarchs

Monarch Butterfly, Danaus plexippus, Chip Taylor at Monarch Watch promotes planting Milkweeds as a way to help save the Monarchs. This afternoon I had a chance to observe first hand why he suggests that. I watched this butterfly in the … Continue reading

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Tiger Swallowtail

 Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus With ideal moisture and temperatures the prairie plants are especially lush this year. That means lots of flowers and lots of butterflies. I photographed this Eastern Tiger swallowtail feeding on Wild Bergamot this morning.

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Clouded Sulphur

Clouded Sulphur, Colias philodice. This is one of the most common butterflies at the Prairie Garden Trust and much of America; you can even find them in Alaska. Here it is feeding on one of it’s host plants: red clover. They … Continue reading

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Giant Swallowtail

Giant Swallowtail, Papilio cresphontes This butterfly lives up to it’s name; it’s huge! With a wingspread of over 6-inches it’s the largest butterfly in all of North America. I photographed this one yesterday on a Butterfly Weed close to the front … Continue reading

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Tiger Swallowtail

Tiger Swallowtail, Papilio glaucus The butterfly weeds started to bloom today and it’s easy to see how the orange flowered plant got it’s name; it’s a butterfly magnet! Here you can see a Tiger Swallowtail feeding on the flowers as they … Continue reading

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Butterflies are back!

Great Spangled Fritillary, Speyeria cybele I’m happy to report that the butterflies are back. The drought two years ago really knocked them back but I’m seeing lots of them now. This is a Great Spangled Fritillary that I photographed yesterday on … Continue reading

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Zabulon Skipper

Zabulon Skipper Skippers are a butterflies with small angular wings and large bodies. The name “Skipper” comes from their rapid darting flight. I photographed this one today feeding on a wild indigo plant.

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