Sumac is native to our area and provides a lot of benefits to both wildlife (mammals, birds, insects) and humans.
I hope the committee will rethink their plan for the sumac along the proposed butterfly trail in Macedon (Wayne Post, April 18). Sumac is native to our area and provides a lot of benefits to both wildlife (mammals, birds, insects) and humans.
Some butterflies that use sumac flowers as a nectar source include: Banded Hairstreak (Satyrium calanus falacer), Hickory Hairstreak (Satyrium caryaevorum), Striped Hairstreak (Satyrium liparops strigosum), Summer Azure (Celastrina neglecta), Snout Butterfly (Libytheana carinenta bachmanii), Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele cybele), Silvery Checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis), Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta rubria), Red-spotted Purple (Limenitis arthemis astyanax) and Hackberry Butterfly (Asterocampa celtis).
Additionally, some butterflies and moths use it as a food source for their larva, including but not limited to: Red-banded Hairstreak (Calycopis cecrops), Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon), Silk Moths, ie: Saturniidae family (Citheronia regalis), Showy Emerald Moth (Dichorda iridaria), and Anacampsis rhoifructella.
It is a lovely plant with great fall colors, as well.