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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Butterflies in Illinois

Red Admiral butterfly
Discover the variety of butterflies on an Illinois summer day. 


Most of these delicate beauties were all seen on one multi-trunked tree in the moments following a summer rain shower at White Pines Forest State Park.

They have great names:
  • Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)
  • Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma)
  • Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton)
  • Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
  • Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax)
Atlantis fritillary
The Atlantis fritillary (Speyeria atlantis) and Monarch (Danaus plexippus) are more grassland butterflies and were spotted in the tall grass prairie. Experience Jarrett Prairie Reserve in Byron, IL. 

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