Sunday, August 06, 2006

East Brunswick Butterfly Park

I spent an hour this morning at the East Brunswick Butterfly Park. This park just celebrated its 3 year anniversary, but this was the first time I've been there. What a shame that I haven't been before! This place is awesome. I had assumed it was a small area of butterfly nectaring plants, but it turns out that is is huge! There are tons of butterfly nectar and food plants including milkweed, butterfly bush, bee-balm, mints, and some wild meadows with Queen Anne's Lace and Goldenrod. The full list of butterflies is below along with some pictures. I also found a few dragonflies including Blue Dasher, Prince Baskettail, and Black Saddlebags.

Butterfly list:
Tiger Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Monarch
Pearl Crescent
Red-banded Hairstreak
Silver-Spotted Skipper
Peck's Skipper
Zabulon Skipper
Tawny-edged Skipper
Northern Broken-Dash


A small part of the park


Zabulon Skipper


Red-Banded Hairstreak - a real beauty!


Peck's Skipper

2 comments:

Anita Gould said...

Saw the pointer to your blog on the NJ Nature Notes email. The Butterfly Park has been one of my favorite places this past summer. Nice photos -- the Red-banded Hairstreak photo is a gem!

chaindropz said...

Nice photos.