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Butterflies and other critters seen in or near the Butterfly Garden


June 29, 2013
Milbert's Tortoiseshell
Eastern Comma
Gorgone Checkerspot

July 18, 2013
Checkered White
Orange Sulphurs
Painted Ladies
Red Admirals

July 20-21, 2013
Common Sootywing
Dainty Sulphur
Pearl Crescent

July 16, 2014
Coral Hairstreak
Regal Fritillary
Ottoe Skipper

July 19-20, 2014
Sagebrush Checkerspot
Tawny-edged Skipper
Black Swallowtail (caterpillars)
Yellow Wooly Bear Caterpillar
(= Virginian Tiger Moth)

July 22, 2014
Black Swallottail adults
Question Mark

July 27, 2014
melissa Blue
Checkered White
Common Wood Nymph

August 8, 2014
Tiger Swallowtails
Pearl Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Monarch caterpillars

June 6, 2015
Silver-spotted Skipper
Silvery Blue

June 26, 2015
Gorgone Checkerspot - Adult and caterpillars
silver-spotted Skipper
Gray Copper


gray copper
Gray Copper photo by Doug Backlund,

Other critters seen:

bumble bees
bee mimics
milweed long-horn beetles
cicada killer
clear-wing moth
robber fly
spined assassin bug
blister beetle

lark sparrows nesting in the marigolds


Remember - no collecting in the Garden. Please leave your butterfly nets and caterpillar jars at home. Thanks.


Where is the Garden?

Oahe-Downstream Location Map

Fort Pierre, South Dakota


The Garden is located south of the parking lot by the Visitor Center. A large kiosk is at the edge of the trail.


Garden Progress

You can also follow the progress on the Oahe Downstream Recreation Area facebook page:


Pictures of Before, During and After
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This project was made possible with a grant from the USFWS Connecting People with Nature - Let's Go Outside fund.

lets go outside

An additional small grant came from the South Dakota Chapter of The Wildlife Society.


USFWS couldn't do this alone - many thanks go to the staff of South Dakota Game Fish & Parks for their participation during all aspects of the project -

Pat Buscher
Eileen Dowd Stukel
Maggie Lindsey
Dave Ode
Ryan Raynor
Pat Thompson


The Activity Guide by Jen Fowler was made possible through the SDGFP Wildlife Division Small Grants Program.

Thanks go to the many students that participated in classroom activities to help grow plants and decorate the garden.

Thanks to Colleen Thompson for helping coordinate activities at the garden.

Thanks to Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Entomologist.

A big Thank You to all the volunteers who will help plant the perennials June 15.

Photos have been provided by:
Doug Backlund and Gary Marrone

Thanks to Gary Marrone for his inspiration to getting all of us interested in butterflies. Look for his book Field Guide to Butterflies of South Dakota, published in 2002.

Milbert's Tortoiseshell photo by Gary Marrone




This website was created by Charlene "Charlie" Bessken. If you are interested in helping with this project, feel free to email me at



Last updated: June 29, 2015

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