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Butterflies and Blooms

Almost 100 species of butterflies can be found in Door county. A couple of species were flying around The Refuge last week; the Red Admiral and the Northern Crescent. Red Admirals are highly adaptable and can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, gardens, parks, and meadows. They have a preference for feeding on nectar from flowers such as thistles, daisies, and asters. Additionally, the caterpillars of Red Admirals feed on various nettle species.

The Northern Crescent butterfly is a small to medium-sized butterfly species found in North America. It is known for its distinctive wing patterns and its ability to adapt to a wide range of habitats.

A number of different plants were blooming, some native and not. The slipper orchids bloom was ending. Mid June is a great time for viewing native orchids in Door county. This one is a darker form of the Yellow Slipper Orchid.

Thimbleberry common in the area.The fruit of the Thimbleberry is a prominent feature and is highly appreciated by both wildlife and humans. The berries are large, red, and raspberry-like in appearance. They are soft, juicy, and have a delicate, sweet-tart flavor. Thimbleberries are often enjoyed fresh or used in jams, jellies, and desserts.

The flowers of Danes Blood or clustered bellflower are its main highlight. They appear in dense clusters at the top of sturdy stems, hence the name “clustered” bellflower. The blossoms are bell-shaped, ranging in color from shades of violet-blue to deep purple. Occasionally, one may find white or pink varieties as well. The petals of each flower are fused together, forming a distinctive cup-like shape.

Sweet Williams blooms from late spring to summer, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies with its delightful fragrance and nectar-rich flowers. The plant’s foliage consists of slender, lance-shaped leaves that are typically a deep green color. The petals come in a wide range of vibrant hues, including shades of pink, red, white, and purple. Some varieties even exhibit bicolored or striped patterns, adding further visual interest.

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