Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge New Archive 2010

Annual Butterfly Count at Prairie Ridge 

A citizen scientist counts butterflies at Prairie RidgePrairie Ridge Ecostation was one of a half dozen sites where citizen scientists counted butterflies on Friday, August 6 as part of the North American Butterfly Association’s 2010 count. Seven participants spent 1.5 hours traipsing the prairie in search of butterflies. Although there is a mid-August lull in prairie blooming flowers butterflies were found nectaring in the garden, and on patches of Ironweed, Goldenrod and on Devil’s Walkingstick in the arboretum.

A total of 19 species of butterflies were found at Prairie Ridge and included 112 individual butterflies. Noteworthy sightings included: 3 Monarch butterflies, the only American Lady reported on count day, 3 Little Glassy-wing Skippers and 4 Dun Skippers.

 

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