Living With Garden Plots

The garden plots on the Purdue campus are at one end of a large grassy field used for intramural athletics. In addition to vegetables, some gardeners grow flowers. The flowers are an oasis in the middle of a “grass desert” that attract butterflies, skippers and other insects in search of nectar. This weekend, (August 17, 2013) the flowers were primarily visited by Clouded Sulfur Butterflies, Fiery Skippers and Tawny-edged Skippers. Both skippers feed on grass, including lawns. The garden plot area provides abundant food for larvae and resources for the adults.

Tawny-edged Skippe

Tawny-edged Skipper

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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