© Photographed October 18, 2015
Erected by Cave of the Mounds and Travel Green Wisconsin
Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin
The gardens you see here at Cave of the Mounds are not only designed to reduce polluted runoff, they are also designed to provide valuable habitat for birds, insects and butterflies. A butterfly garden is a great way to both see more butterflies and to contribute toward their conservation since many natural butterfly habitats have been lost to development.
Creating a butterfly garden of your
own involves planning to attract, retain
and encourage a variety of butterfly popu-
lations to visit, reproduce and flourish.
For more information about attracting
butterflies, contact your local
Cooperative Extension or visit
for helpful butterfly
The marker is located at Cave of the Mounds and is accessible from westbound Cave of the Mounds Road, between Rooney Road (to the west) and County Highway ID (to the east), at or near
Cycles of Life
Plants serve as both room and board for butterflies throughout their entire life cycle. Adult butterflies lay eggs on host plants rich in nectar (1). Later, emerging caterpillars (larvae) (2) will use the plants as a food source. Finally a chrysalis (pupae) (3) is formed and the miracle of metamorphosis reveals a new adult monarch (4).
The marker is to the left of this entrance leading to Cave of the Mounds.
Cave of the Mounds is located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.