Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
Magnificent Milbert June 03, 2007
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Friday provided some great looks at a "local specialty" butterfly. The Milbert's Tortoiseshell is a member of the anglewing family of butterflies with bit of moxie.
Their caterpillars feed on Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica, a rather intimidating plant with coarse, stinging hairs! This is a plant you may not want to pull if it occurs in your yard. Mostly, because it will leave you with a miserable, painful hand, but also because it is the host plant for not only the Milbert's, but the Red Admiral butterfly as well.

I suppose the best solution is to get your neighbor to grow nettles :) Or visit the Milbert's Tortoiseshells at Byers Woods in Ashland, Ohio, the site of our monthly Greater Mohican Audubon Society bird walks and upcoming Bobolinks at Byers Woods.
2007-06-04 01:48:29 GMT
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