(Originally printed in Lathrop Lamp Post July 20, 2017)
Butterflies are not as numerous as we remember from our childhoods, but numbers of them still visit our Lathrop gardens and meadows. This eastern black swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) was sipping nectar from a native blazing star (Liatris spicata) in Sharon’s and my front cottage garden.
Butterflies may sip nectar from a variety of flowers, both native and alien. This eastern black swallowtail, says my butterfly book, will even sip from purple loosestrife, a horrible invasive that has made thousands of acres of wetland inhospitable to most wildlife. Continue reading Picky Eaters at Lathrop→