By LMQC Outside blogger Wade Ellett
Everybody loves butterflies. I’ve never asked someone, “Hey, do you like butterflies?” and gotten a negative response!
Summer may be slipping away, but there’s still time to see some of the beautiful winged creatures that make their home here.
This beautiful addition to the park aids butterflies, which are incredibly important pollinators, in the process of migration as well as during various stages of their life cycle.
The garden provides nectar plants to attract butterflies, and host plants for caterpillars.
The plants and flowers themselves are lovely, and attract around 60 species of butterflies over the season!
A 3-acre prairie site is situated next to the garden. A variety of trees have been added to the area to provide food and shelter for other wildlife as well.
Two miles of trails allow viewing of wildlife, while an adjacent area allows close-up viewing of the butterflies.
A picnic shelter is located near the garden area.
Bellevue State Park has lots of other amenities, including beautiful views of the Mississippi River, miles of trails, campsites and modern rest rooms and showers.
It lies in 2 separate tracts:
The Nelson Unit is at the south edge of Bellevue on U.S. 52, atop a 300 foot limestone bluff.
The Dyas Unit is 2 miles further south on U.S. 52.
My hope is that this post will be perfectly timed to help you get out there and see some beautiful butterflies enjoying the garden the Bellevue State Park has prepared especially for them! Be sure to take advantage of the other amenities while you’re there!
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