Quinte Conservation’s featured Species of the Month for August is the Tiger Swallowtail. This yellow and black butterfly can often be seen at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area. Conservation Education Coordinator at Quinte Conservation, Nicole Campbell says, “Tiger Swallowtails have distinctive markings, with black and yellow stripes. Their wingspan is 10 to 13 centimeters long.”
Campbell adds, “The green caterpillars of this species eat the leaves of wild cherry and tulip trees. The adult butterflies drink the nectar of flowers. Butterflies like the Tiger Swallowtail are easy to attract to your home garden. You just need to find out which plants they like for eating, egg-laying and which flowers they prefer for feeding. We have butterfly garden guides on our website atwww.quinteconservation.ca.”
You can find information about each month’s featured species by visiting the Quinte Conservation website at www.quinteconservation.ca.
Campbell explains, “The purpose of this program is to let the public know about the special and unique wildlife species that are living in our local area. Understanding the diversity in our local ecosystem helps the public to understand the importance of our conservation programs.”
Quinte Conservation is a community-based environmental protection agency. It serves 18 municipalities in the watersheds of the Moira, Napanee and Salmon Rivers and Prince Edward County. It provides cost-effective environmental expertise and leadership. Quinte Conservation’s main goal is to create a sustainable ecosystem where people and nature live in harmony. More information about Quinte Conservation is available at www.quinteconservation.ca.
For more information contact: Nicole Campbell
Conservation Education Coordinator