The Butterfly Garden

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Speyeria cybele photo

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

Family Nymphalidae (Brushfoots)

  • Wingspan: 2-4"
  • Color: tan-orange with black, silver spots on underside of hindwing, female darker
  • Habitat: open wet areas
  • Food: a variety including milkweeds, thistles, vetches, red clover, coneflowers

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)
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Cabbage White butterfly (<em class='sp'>Pieris rapae</em>)