This interpretive trail provides food for butterflies, moths and skippers (collectively known as 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 support 23 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 additional information about caterpillars, butterflies, and host plants, see the National Wildlife Federation’s website.