Indian Cave State Park

Nemaha/Richardson Counties

Biologically Unique Landscape: Indian Cave Bluffs. https://www.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=a1c36663b34145b49886e7fbbf2ae581 It features a prairie-forest ecotone, where semi arid forests meet grasslands. https://www.forestgeo.si.edu/sites/north-america/indian-cave

Looking for Butterflies: Indian Cave State Park is an excellent place to view woodland butterflies, particularly Zebra Swallowtails, Henry’s Elfins and the oak feeding Duskywings (Horace’s, Juvenal’s and Sleepy)

Special Instructions for Visiting the Site: The scenic overlook and surrounding area are productive for forest dwelling species while species preferring more open areas can be found at the southern end of the park.

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Butterflies Present:

  • Sleepy Duskywing – S2
  • Juvenal’s Duskywing – S3
  • Horace’s Duskywing – S3
  • Dun Skipper – S3
  • Zabulon Skipper – S2
  • Long Dash Skipper – S3
  • Little Glassywing – S2S3
  • Northern Broken Dash – S3
  • Zebra Swallowtail – S3
  • Black Swallowtail
  • Tiger Swallowtail
  • Giant Swallowtail
  • Dogface – S3
  • Cloudless Sulphur
  • Harvester – S2
  • BandedHairstreak – S2S3
  • Henry’s Elfin – S2
  • Olive Hairstreak – S3
  • Silvery Checkerspot – S3
  • Gray Comma – S3
  • Tawny Emperor – S3
  • Red-spotted Purple
  • Goatweed Butterfly
  • Northern Pearlyeye – S3
  • Monarch – S2

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Indian Cave State Park
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