The Butterfly Project

The butterflies shown here were photographed in the Teaching Garden by Ann Gordon.  Each butterfly will have a common name, a Latin name and a #.  Common names may vary, but the Latin name is the same everywhere and shows relationships.  The # is used in reference sites, like BugGuide.com   The butterfly has 4 stages:  an egg, caterpillar or larva, chrysalis, then the adult butterfly.   There are two kinds of plants in the butterfly’s life.  First, there is a specific host plant for the egg and caterpillar.  Second, there are a variety of nectar plants from which the adult butterfly obtains nectar.  At the Teaching Garden, there is a pollinator garden with flowering plants for the Monarch and other butterflies that come through the area.  Click on the butterfly of interest to get more information.