The Adirondack Park is home to 74 species of butterflies, as well as an unknown number of moth species. Resident butterflies include the Canadian Tiger Swallowtail, Painted Lady, the Monarch, and a host of fritillaries and sulphurs.
Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape.
Please plant milkweed to support monarch populations, and their incredible migration! Planting milkweed is a great way to help other pollinators too, as they provide valuable nectar resources to a diverse suite of bees and butterflies. For a brief how-to flyer on planting and gardening, download MJV’s Gardening for Monarchs.
Butterfly Id is a field guide to identifying all the butterfly species recorded in the British Isles. It is available for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android phones and tablets.
The guide has been created by professional published ecologists.
Butterfly Id will help you quickly and easily identify species, its great fun to use too. Identification can be enjoyed by the whole family, and can engage children with the natural world around them. For the enthusiast there is anatomical, ecological and taxonomic information too.