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Bug of the Week: Thanksgiving Butterflies

Interested in butterflies?


The Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, Arizona is a butterfly paradise.

dog-face-butterfly-234Our family visited over the Thanksgiving holiday and we saw at least a dozen different species, including this dogface butterfly.


What a fragile-looking queen!

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Why so many butterflies? The arboretum is teeming with a wide diversity of plants that support caterpillars, like this black swallowtail larva I found on dill in the herb garden.

There's no need to go to a butterfly museum or exhibit when you can have the same experience in a natural setting!

Where is your favorite place to see butterflies?

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