Tag Archives: butterfly gardening

How Many Caterpillars Do You See?

17 Aug

The parsley in the standing bed outside the play area is filled with feasting caterpillars. They arent Monarchs, look like swallowtails or painted ladies.

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A Butterfly Is Born!

18 Jul

Welcome to the world a new Monarch butterfly. Captured from CV milkweed as a caterpillar, she emerged from her pupa (in a habitat container) in the play area this morning. I left the flap open, but she probably wont leave for another day or so; if you pass the play area, look for the habitat near the pole where the helmet hangs

Black Swallowtail Drops Larva on Parsley Today

14 Jul

Isn’t she pretty?!?!

Painted Lady Butterfly Gets Pollen From Echinacea Flower

14 Jul

Today’s Headcount: Six

3 Jul

There are six fat and juicy Monarch caterpillars on the CV milkweed.

What’s In Our Butterfly Garden

16 Jun

Over the past two years, CVEarthlab has acquired many butterfly host and nectar plants, in addition to our butterfly bushes.  These include:

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail checks out CVEarthlab.

An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail checks out CVEarthlab.

Red Admiral

Red Admiral

Monarch in September #3

Cunila origanoides L. Britton (stonemint, frost mint, dittany)

16 Jun
Jim Stasz @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Jim Stasz @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

The common dittany, (Cunila origanoides L.), is a herbaceous perennial and a member of the mint family.  The name means “like oregano” and from July to September/October, the plant shows purplish flowers. In late autumn or early winter, it can create “frost flowers” when the water pushes out of the roots and freezes in the form of tiny ice sculptures. In warmer weather, the  flowers attract butterflies, skippers, bees and other insects.

Source list: USDA, NRCS. 2014. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 16 June 2014). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA; http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=j950; Plants for a Future database (http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cunila+origanoides); The Green Farmacy Garden (http://thegreenfarmacygarden.com/page/2/) MDC Online (http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/dittany )

 

 

 

 

 

Solidago L. (Goldenrod)

14 Jun

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Solidago, common name goldenrod, is a perennial plant that blooms with yellow flowers August through October. It can crossbreed with other plants, and today there are at least 130 species in the United States. Several butterflies eat goldenrod nectar, including Orange Sulphur, Gray Hairstreak, American Lady and Monarch.

Source list: http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=SOLID; http://butterflyprojectnyc.org/gardening/; 

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/goldenrod

 

 

 

 

Anethum graveolens L.  (Dill)

14 Jun

 

Dill is a host plant for black swallowtail butterflies. Watch for the caterpillars!

Dill is a host plant for black swallowtail butterflies. Watch for the caterpillars!

 

Dill is an annual, self-seeding plant. Along with carrots, parsley and fennel, Dill acts as a host plant for Black Swallowtail butterflies.

 Source list: Monarch Watch; Bronx Green-Up (NYBG)USDA

 

 

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