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Lepidoptera Trail in the Native Garden

This interpretive trail provides food for butterflies, moths and skippers (collectively known Lepidoptera) during both the caterpillar and adult stages.

Most adult Lepidoptera are generalists that drink nectar from a variety of flowers, but many caterpillars can survive only by feeding on specific types of plants. As development continues to threaten local biodiversity, this trail provides the plants necessary to supporting nearly 20 species of caterpillars, an essential part of the food web.

Click here for a list of the "20 Most Valuable Woody and Perennial Native Plant Genera in Terms of Supporting Biodiversity in the Mid-Atlantic Region," courtesy of Dr. Doug Tallamy.

For more information about caterpillar host plants, see Dr. Tallamy's website on Lepidopteran Use of Native & Alien Ornamental Plants. Or, listen to him on National Public Radio's "Science Friday."