The City of Eden Prairie, Minnesota owes its name to Elizabeth Fries Ellet, the East Coast writer who visited the area in 1852. In her travelogue book, Summer Rambles in the West, Ellet described the Minnesota River Valley which adjoins the current day City of Eden Prairie, as the garden spot of the territory.  Learn more about Elizabeth Fries Ellet on Wiki

List of possible insect species for EFE Interpretive Trail
(R. Huber, Science Museum of Minnesota, 12 March 2005)

Species

Early-late

PR

BW

SM

OS

BF

MR

Remarks

Silver-spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on various legumes (Robinia, Gleditsia, etc.)

Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes asterius)

May-Sept

x

 

x

     

larvae on parsley, wild carrot

E. Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus)

May-Sept

 

x

 

x

   

larvae on cherry

Cabbage Butterfly (Pieris rapae)

Apr-Nov

x

   

x

   

larvae on various mustards

Clouded Sulphur (Colias philodice)

Apr-Nov

x

   

x

   

larvae on various clovers

Alfalfa Butterfly (Colias eurytheme)

Apr-Nov

x

   

x

   

larvae on alfalfa, clovers

Gray Copper (Lycaena [Gaeides] dione)

July-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on dock (Rumex)

Bronze Copper (Lycaena [Hyllolycaena] hyllus)

June-Sept

   

x

     

larvae on wet dock (Polygonum)

Coral Hairstreak (Harkenclenus titus)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on plum, cherry

Acadian Hairstreak (Satyrium acadica)

June-July

   

x

 

x

 

larvae on willows

Edwards’ Hairstreak (Satyrium edwardsii)

June-Aug

     

x

   

larvae on oaks, esp. Q. macrocarpa

Olive Hairstreak (Mitoura gryneus)

May-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on Juniperus virginiana

E. Tailed Blue (Everes comyntas)

May-Oct

x

   

x

   

larvae on various legumes

Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon)

May-Sept

x

x

 

x

x

 

larvae on dogwood? (two sibling species involved)

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on violets

Silver-bordered Fritillary (Clossiana selene)

June-Sept

   

x

     

larvae on violets

Meadow Fritillary (Clossiana bellona)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on violets

Gorgone Crescent (Charidryas gorgone carlota)

May-Sept

x

   

x

   

larvae on asters

Silvery Checkerspot (Charidryas nycteis)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on asters

Pearl Crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

May-Oct

x

   

x

   

larvae on asters (two sibling species involved)

Baltimore Checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)

June-July

   

x

     

larvae on turtlehead, valerian

Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

May-Sept

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on nettles, elm, hops

Comma Butterfly (Polygonia comma)

May-Sept

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on nettles, hops

Mourning Cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

June-Nov

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on willows, poplar

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

May-Oct

           

larvae on nettles; migrant from further south

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

May-Oct

x

   

x

   

larvae on thistles; migrant from further south

American Painted Lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

May-Oct

x

   

x

   

larvae on Gnaphalium, Antennaria

Red-spotted Purple (Basilarchia astyanax)

June-Aug

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on cherry, gooseberry, poplar?

Viceroy (Basilarchia archippus)

June-Sept

   

x

 

x

 

larvae on willows

Hackberry Butterfly (Asterocampa celtis)

June-Sept

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on Hackberry

Tawny Emperior (Asterocampa clyton)

June-Aug

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on Hackberry

Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon)

June-July

 

x

       

larvae on "grasses" (sedge?)

Eyed Brown (Satyrodes eurydice)

June-July

   

x

     

larvae on sedges

Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela)

June-July

     

x

   

larvae on "grasses"

Common Wood Nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

June-Sept

x

   

x

   

larvae on "grasses"

Monarch (Danaus plexippus)

May-Oct

x

   

x

   

larvae on various milkweeds

White-lined sphinx moth (Hyles lineata)

May-Sept

x

   

x

   

nectars late afternoon, evening; migrant from further south

Hummingbird sphinx moth (Hemaris thysbe)

May-July

x

   

x

   

nectars during day; resembles large bumblebee

Snowberry sphinx moth (Hemaris diffinis)

May-July

x

   

x

   

nectars during day; resembles large bumblebee

Eight-spot forester moth (Alypia octomaculata)

June-July

 

x

 

x

x

 

nectars during day

Virginia metallic blue moth (Ctenucha virginica)

June-July

x

   

x

   

nectars during day

Yellow-collared scape moth (Cisseps fulvicollis)

July-Aug

x

   

x

   

nectars during day, esp. on goldenrod

Spring grape moth (Psychomorpha epimenis)

Apr-May

 

x

   

x

 

larvae on grapevine?; adults fly before trees leaf-out

Chickweed moth (Haematopis grataria)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

larvae on chickweed

Six-spotted tiger beetle (Cicindela sexguttata)

May-June

 

x

       

runs on sandy paths through woods

Punctured tiger beetle (Cicindela punctulata)

June-July

x

   

x

   

runs on paths/roads, mostly in open areas

Bronzed tiger beetle (Cicindela repanda)

May-Oct

x

       

x

runs on sandy shorelines

Soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

July-Sept

x

   

x

   

swarms on goldenrod in late summer

Burying beetle (Silpha americana)

May-Sept

x

x

x

x

x

 

on small bird/mammal carcasses

Dung-rolling scarab (Phanaeus vindex)

June-Aug

x

   

x

   

on mammal droppings (deer, sheep, cattle, horse)

Bumble-flower scarab (Euphoria inda)

May-Sept

x

   

x

   

on flower-heads

Soft-winged flower beetles (Anthocomus sp.)

 

x

   

x

   

on flower-heads; blue & red beetles, soft wing-covers

Lightning-bug beetles (Photinus sp.)

 

x

x

x

x

x

 

commonly seen at night; rest in grasses by day

Red milkweed beetle (Tetraopes tetrophthalmus)

 

x

   

x

   

bright red with black spots; on milkweeds