Insects

West Nile Virus and EEE

As of October 28th, the risk of West Nile Virus in Newton was reported as “Moderate.”  The EEE risk in eleven towns in western Middlesex County (including Framingham, Sudbury, and Wayland) was either “Critical”

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GREAT SPANGLED FRITILLARY, Speyeria cybel

September 2012
The Great Spangled Fritillary is the most common fritillary butterfly in the northeastern U.S. It is relatively large, up to four inches, with orange to tawny brown wings that have a delicate pattern of markings and spots.

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MONARCH BUTTERFLY, Danaus plexippus

July 2011
A Monarch Butterfly is a spectacular frequent visitor to the gardens and conservation areas of Newton. It is hard to miss this large butterfly with its striking wing pattern and coloration.

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Cecropia Moths

Cecropia moths are native to the US and are found throughout New England but are rare in densely settled areas like Newton, probably because the adults require large tracts of dark forest to fly normally while seeking mates or host plants.

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