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Daggerwing hosting 'Butterfly Gardening'

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) feeding on sedum flowers. [Photo by Chris Chow]

Daggerwing Nature Center is hosting its “Butterfly Gardening” program Sept. 23. Participants will learn about local butterflies and how to attract them.

What: Butterfly Gardening

When: Sept. 23 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Daggerwing Nature Center

Address: 11435 Park Access Road, west of Boca Raton

Who: Palm Beach County Parks and Daggerwing Nature Center

South Florida is a haven for butterflies because of its warm climate and diverse habitats, including gardens, parks, nature reserves and coastal areas. Favorable weather all year allows a wide variety of butterfly species to thrive.

The most common butterflies include:

• The monarch, known for its distinctive orange-and-black wing pattern. The migratory monarch passes through South Florida during its annual migration.

• The Gulf fritillary is striking orange with silver spots. Its caterpillars feed on passionflower vines.

• The zebra longwing has black wings with distinctive long white stripes. It is Florida’s official state butterfly.

The Daggerwing Nature Center was established in the late 1980s and was named after the native daggerwing butterfly. The nature center is within the Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park, which spans over 800 acres in Boca Raton and includes a wide range of habitats, such as wetlands, pine flatwoods and cypress swamps.

The Daggerwing Nature Center is home to a butterfly sanctuary, elevated boardwalks and hiking trails for safe viewing of birds, reptiles and mammals in their natural habitats.


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