Attracting Butterflies

Want to add some winged wonder to your backyard? Attract butterflies with these butterfly gardening ideas and our expert tips on the best plants and flowers that attract butterflies.

6 Common Swallowtail Butterflies You Should Know

Learn about six of the most common swallowtail butterflies in the United States and how to identify them.

11 Kinds of Butterflies Worth Knowing

From painted ladies to monarchs and malachite butterflies, you'll want to add all of these kinds of butterflies to your...


Meet the Vast (and Fast!) Skipper Butterflies

Small and speedy, skipper butterfly species often fly under the radar. But these fascinating pollinators add lively interest to any...


5 Essential Fall Butterfly Garden Tips

Butterflies overwinter in a variety of ways. Help butterflies get ready to handle the cold weather with these butterfly garden...


Grow Pineapple Sage for Cool-Season Pollinators

Butterflies and hummingbirds love to gather nectar from pineapple sage in fall and winter. And you'll love that the leaves...

Butterfly Season: Your Year-Round Guide to Butterflies

Butterfly season isn't only in the summer. Learn when butterflies come out and how their habits change with the weather...


Look for Clouded Sulphur Butterflies in Your Backyard

The pretty yellow clouded sulphur is a common sight in the butterfly garden. Learn more about this colorful butterfly species.

10 Beautiful Butterfly Pictures You HAVE to See

Celebrate the joy of butterflies by checking out beautiful butterfly pictures of monarchs, fritillaries, swallowtails and more.


6 Fascinating Swallowtail Butterfly Facts

There’s much more to swallowtails than their colorful elongated wings. Check out these interesting swallowtail butterfly facts.


Do Monarch Butterfly Sightings Have Meaning?

To some people, seeing a monarch butterfly has meaning. These orange and black fliers can be a symbol of strength,...


9 Fascinating Monarch Butterfly Facts

Learn facts about the monarch butterfly, including how how to tell male and female monarchs apart and if monarchs are...

Viceroy Butterfly vs Monarch: How to Tell the Difference

Once you know the difference, it's easy to identify a viceroy butterfly vs a monarch. See what their wings and...


Follow the Stages of the Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle

You've probably seen monarch butterflies, and maybe monarch caterpillars, but there's a lot to learn about the monarch life cycle.


Are Monarch Butterflies Endangered?

If you're seeing fewer butterflies, you may wonder if monarch butterflies are endangered. See what the experts say about monarch...


Monarch Butterfly Migration Is Simply Magical

Monarch butterfly migration is a long journey. Learn how these amazing butterflies make the trip, where monarchs migrate to and...


The Ultimate Guide to Growing Milkweed Plants for Monarchs

A milkweed expert answers questions, including why monarchs need milkweed, what kinds of milkweed to grow and how to grow...

Monarch Butterfly Flowers You Should Grow

A migration journey of a thousand miles (or more) starts with lots of monarch butterfly flowers. Grow these nectar plants...


Use This Monarch Migration Map to Track the Epic Journey

There's more to the journey of monarch butterflies than you may know. Study this monarch migration map to see the...


Parsley Caterpillar: Garden Friend or Foe?

Did you see a worm crawling on your parsley plants? Don't panic. Learn about the parsley caterpillar and the butterflies...


Where Do Butterflies Go When It Rains?

If a storm is coming, make sure your butterflies have safe habitat to ride out the weather. Find out where...


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Myths and Facts About Butterfly Host Plants

It takes more than nectar to increase the variety of species in your garden. Learn about butterfly host plants and...


Top 10 Butterfly Host Plants to Attract Pollinators

Ready to take butterfly gardening to the next level? Plant butterfly host plants to give caterpillars food to eat and...


Attract Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies

Fill your herb garden and share the bounty with eastern black swallowtail butterflies. Learn what the caterpillar, eggs and butterflies...


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Butterfly Identification: A Helpful Cheat Sheet

Love attracting butterflies to your backyard? Take notice of these flying pollinators and learn helpful butterfly identification tips.

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Moth vs Butterfly: How to Tell the Difference

Many people think moths are the nighttime equivalent of butterflies, but it’s not quite that simple. Learn the differences between...


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Tips for Watching and Photographing Butterflies

Watching butterflies is a delight at any age, but finding them can be a challenge. Get tips to make butterfly...


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How to Help Birds and Wildlife in Extreme Weather

Where do birds go when it storms? From blizzards to heat waves we'll show you how to protect birds, bats...


Attract Pipevine Swallowtail Butterflies to Your Garden

Want to see a pipevine swallowtail butterfly in your own garden? Try planting native pipevines host plants to draw them...


3 Butterflies That Look Like Monarchs

Look closely at your backyard butterflies! Here's how to detect the subtle differences among the three butterflies that look...


Painted Lady Butterflies Are Flying Works of Art

Learn how to attract and identify painted lady butterflies and caterpillars. Learn what they eat and what host plants you...