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Thursday, June 23, 2011
Butterfly Season Begins
Flowers are blooming everywhere you go at Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo. Right now, yellow flowers are particularly conspicuous and abundant at the pond. The flowers in the photograph are called tickseed or Coreopsis palmata. All these blossoms make the boardwalk a prime habitat for butterflies looking to drink nectar from flowers.
The butterfly in the photo is an eastern tiger swallowtail. This is one of the largest and brightest species of butterfly I’ve seen at the boardwalk. Be sure to keep an eye out for it next time you visit. It isn’t usually hard to spot, but with all the yellow flowers that have sprung up around the pond, it might blend in, as it does in the photo. Finding one can be a bit of a challenge, but it’s well worth the effort.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
By transforming the South Pond into Nature Boardwalk, Lincoln Park Zoo has created an urban ecosystem in the heart of the city. Enjoy a virtual view as native plants and animals establish themselves in this rare refuge.
As Lincoln Park Zoo’s director of horticulture, Brian oversees the zoo’s gardens, from bud to bloom.
As coordinator of wildlife management, Mason chronicles the bugs, birds, fish, insects, mammals and more that make their homes at Nature Boardwalk.
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