Butterfly News

2024 – Sanctuary for Butterflies and Pollinators

May 7.  Spring Blue Azure (Celastrina ladon) common in all dune sites (Dunes 1, 2, and 3). 

June 9 – American Painted Lady caterpillar infestation  at Dunes 2 and 3.

One hundred ninety one (191) caterpillars in Dunes 2 and 157 in Dunes 3 were found on all batches of Pearly Everlasting.

2023 – Sanctuary for Butterflies and Pollinators

Nepean, August 14. 2023. – Numerous Monarch caterpillars found feeding on Common, Swamp, and Butterfly Milkweeds at Dunes 2 and 3 from early June to now (September 7, 2023).

A  Monarch caterpillar on Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) at Dunes 3

Swamp Milkweed at Dunes 2 – July 10, 2023

Nepean, August 15, 2023 – Half a dozen American Painted Lady Butterfly caterpillars (Vanessa virginiensis)  found feeding on young Pearly Everlasting in Dunes 3 (Parking P15 site) .

American Lady butterfly caterpillar Vanessa virginiensis

Nepean, September 5, 2023. A couple of caterpillars of Giant Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio cresphontes) found feeding on the recently planted young Hop Trees in Dunes 2.

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly caterpillars  on a young Hop Tree (Ptelea trifoliata) planted in May 2023 at Pinhey Sand Dunes (Dunes 2)