Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat: July 2020

Nestled in the northeastern corner of Humber Bay is the Butterfly Habitat.

Just next to it is the HBBH Wildflower Meadow. There are four vegetation communities represented in this meadow: tallgrass prairie, shortgrass prairie, wet meadow and upland meadow. Each area provides a distinct mix of wildflowers, grasses and sedges.

Here are some of the plants:

Sunflower (Helianthus)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Field Sow-thistle (Sonchus arvensis)
Buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis)
“El Diablo” Day Lily
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Evening Primrose (Oleranthus)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Spotted Knapweed (Centaurea stoebe)
Hedge-parsley (Torilis japonica)
Fragrant Sumac (Rhus aromatica)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
White Sweet-clover (Melilotus alba)
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) male flowers
Dame’s Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina) female flowers
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Highbush-cranberry (Viburnum opulus)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)

On this day, the only butterflies in sight were these:

Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly

Butterfly information:

There were some birds:

Raven sculpture with House Sparrows
Raven sculpture with House Sparrow (male)
Raven sculpture
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow (female)
House Sparrow (female)
Gray Catbird
Northern Cardinal (male)

Park scenes:


Oh, the summer night
Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.   – Barry Cornwall (1787–1874)

Miles Hearn

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