The Butterfly Garden

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Danaus plexippus photo

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

Family Nymphalidae (Brushfoots)

  • Wingspan: 3-5"
  • Color: bright orange with black veins, white spots, male with two small black dots on hindwings
  • Traits: white spots on body, migrates in late summer to California and Mexico
  • Habitat: fields, marshes, open areas
  • Food: milkweed as caterpillar, variety of flowers as adult

The Butterfly Garden at the Cayuga Nature Center

This summer marks the debut of our new Butterfly Garden. As with any garden, it's a work-in-progress. But we are already attracting a number of species of both butterflies and moths.

The Butterfly of the Day features one of the species that can be found at the Nature Center.

Latest Sightings

  • July 2: Mourning Cloak adult (Nymphalis antiopa)
    Mourning Cloak adult (<em class='sp'>Nymphalis antiopa</em>)
  • July 2: Red Admiral adult (Vanessa atalanta)
    Red Admiral adult (<em class='sp'>Vanessa atalanta</em>).
  • June 30: Baltimore Checkerspot adult (Euphydryas phaeton)
  • June 29: Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes)(1 caterpillar)
    Black Swallowtail caterpillar (<em class='sp'>Papilio polyxenes</em>)
  • June 22: Great Spangled Fritillary adults (Speyeria cybele) (several)
Cabbage White butterfly (<em class='sp'>Pieris rapae</em>)