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Lycaena phlaeas photo

American Copper (Lycaena phlaeas)

Family Lycaenidae (Gossamer-wings)

  • Wingspan: 1"
  • Color: shiny red-orange with black spots, underside gray-brown
  • Traits: striped antennae
  • Habitat: open disturbed areas
  • Food: buttercup, clover, yarrow, daisy
Photograph by Michael Apel

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>)