Saturday, July 25, 2009

Viceroy butterflies rest on barren new parkland northwest of World Peace Wetland Prairie on July 25, 2009, while swamp milkweed nears full bloom

Please click on images to ENLARGE view of Viceroy butterfly resting on bare fill dirt covering rich prairie soil in new parkland adjacent to World Peace Wetland, another resting in oak tree nearby and a swamp milkweed about to burst into bloom. The milkweed is one of many varieties of milkweed on World Peace Wetland Prairie and Pinnacle Foods wet prairie on which monarchs must leave their eggs to become caterpillars and then the next generation of monarchs. The new parkland had a mix of seed that includes fescue spread on the fill dirt on Friday. No milkweed or other native species is likely to appear there this year.

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