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Frautschi butterfly

Master Naturalist Deanna Frautschi Butterfly Picture

Posted by Kelly Allsup - Bugs

Master Naturalist, Deanna Frautschi, has the ability to spotlight the nature of Livingston, McLean and Woodford Counties like no other. Her images reflect her admiration and love for the natural world as seen in this picture of a common Illinois butterfly, Red Spotted-Purple on a silver maple leaf. This black iridescent blue butterfly with red spotting can be seen on roadsides, forest edges and mud puddles starting in May through August. Adults feed on salts from the gravel and mud puddles, dung, sap flow, rotting fruit and the nectar of spirea and viburnum. The caterpillars, mimicking bird droppings, feed on the leaves of apple, poplar, birch, deer berry, hawthorn, hornbeam, oak, serviceberry, wild cherry and willow. Horticulture Educator, Kelly Allsup, encourages homeowners and nature lovers to plant these necessary ornamentals to lure this butterfly to your garden space while providing habitat and food for one of Illinois most beautiful butterflies.

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