Cheryl Harner's Flora and Butterfly Blog
Weedpicker's Journal: Discover the native plants of Ohio and the butterflies that utilize them.
Butterflies ahead! February 27, 2009

Take advantage of the OOS Conference and schedule a side trip to Kitty Todd for Blue Weekend. Owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy, Kitty Todd is an oak opening with sand dunes of Wild Blue Lupine, Hoary Puccoon and a host of other interesting plants and species of fauna. Red-headed Woodpeckers abound in this virtual Garden of Eden, and with any luck you could come across a blue-racer snake.

This Frosted Elfin (photo shot in May of '08) was a senior citizen in the butterfly world. Most of the soft powdery frost was knocked off her wings, and she has more color than one would normally expect in a Frosted Elfin. But she put on quite a show, and fluttered to and from the lupine buds, most likely doing exactly what we hoped she would do- laying eggs.

Like the Karner Blue butterfly (photo in the header of this page) its host plant is the Wild Blue Lupine, Lupinus perennis, and the adult lays its eggs on the flower buds. Tiny little Frosted Elfin caterpillars feed on the blossoms and emerge as butterflies the following spring.

Mark your calendar for May 16th, 2009 and use this opportunity to visit some of Ohio's most unusual butterflies!

2009-02-27 12:47:23 GMT
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