A Biodiversity Garden - Nina Zitani
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Monarch Butterfly

A monarch butterfly nectaring on the tiny flowers of cup plant in our biodiversity garden in summertime. Adult monarchs may take nectar from flowers of native and non-native species, but the caterpillars can eat only the leaves of native milkweed plants (butterfly: Nymphalidae: "Danaus plexippus"; plant: Asteraceae, "Silphium perfoliatum").

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