Asters are the last asters to bloom -- one of the cultivars of
this plant is called 'October Skies"; during October, the color
of the sky is deeper blue than usual.
late summer and fall, the most important nectar plant is the
aster. Bees, wasps, butterflies and moths hover over
the blossoms in the gardens at Lakeside; at times there are
so many insects feeding that the flowers are almost
and Clark noted this plant at Big Bend, Missouri, on
September 21, 1804.
Silvery Checkerspot Butterfly and the Pearl Crescent
Butterfly larvae feed on Asters.
provide food for many species of moth caterpillars,
including the Camouflaged Looper. This is the only
widespread caterpillar that adorns its body with plant
fragments. It snips off parts of leaves and flowers
and attaches them to its body.
Updated, December, 2016