Butterflies of the Miller Springs Nature Center

Butterflies are always a pleasure to watch in the nature center, flitting from flower to flower, posing for a few seconds and then moving on. Miller springs is a wonderful place to see butterflies, especially in the spring and early summer when the wildflowers are blooming at their peak. Since butterflies often prefer certain flowers different species of butterflies will appear as different flowers bloom starting in late winter and lasting through late fall. In many parks invasive plants have taken a huge toll on butterfly habitat. In Miller Springs we are making special efforts to remove invasive plants in butterfly habitats and preserve those plants important to butterfly health. More than 1000 invasive trees and thousands of invasive plants have been removed from the Nature Center.

Black Swallowtail
(Papilio polyxenes asterius)
Black Swallowtail
Dainty Sulphur
(Nathalis iole)
Dainty Sulphur
Monarch on Liatris Flower
(Danaus plexippus)
Monarch on Liatris Flower
Great Purple Hairstreak
(Atlides halesus)
Great Purple Hairstreak

We will add more butterflies as we get images for them.

The Miller Springs Alliance is working hard to increase butterfly habitat in the Nature Center. All of this work in the nature center is supported by volunteers and we need your help! Sign up for “Friends of the News” (right column) to be notified of upcoming volunteer events. Purchases of tools and other materials critical to improving and maintaining the park are made using donations by the general public and the occasional grant by local groups. Please visit our donations page to help us support the park.