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.

Is Honeyvine Milkweed an Invasive Plant?

Honeyvine, or milkweed vine, is a native host plant for monarchs. But it can spread aggressively. Find out if it's...


Meet the Milkweed Tussock Moth and Caterpillar

Milkweed tussock moth caterpillars are some of the most interesting caterpillars you can find in the garden—just plant milkweed to...


How to Collect Milkweed Seeds From Pods

Milkweed is tricky to grow from seed. Learn how to save seeds from milkweed pods and when to plant seeds...


20 Must-See Pictures of Monarch Butterflies

Monarchs are among the most beautiful backyard visitors. Marvel at them with these gorgeous pictures of monarch butterflies.

What Does a Monarch Caterpillar and Chrysalis Look Like?

A monarch caterpillar isn't hard to find if you know what to look for! Here's how to spot a caterpillar...


All About Comma and Question Mark Butterflies

Study your punctuation and learn about the comma butterfly and question mark butterfly. Look at their wings to see how...

Is Tropical Milkweed Bad for Monarchs?

Should you avoid planting tropical milkweed for monarchs? Find out what garden experts say and find native milkweed varieties to...


Grow Showy Milkweed in Arid Conditions

For those living in arid climates, showy milkweed is a great way to help monarch butterflies. Here's how to grow...


11 Fascinating Monarch Butterfly Facts

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


How to Grow Swamp Milkweed

Worried about common milkweed taking over your garden? Swamp milkweed, or red milkweed, is less aggressive but good for monarchs.

Grow Native Butterfly Weed for Monarchs

Native butterfly weed is a perfect pick to draw plenty of pollinators. Here's how to add this monarch host plant...


Is That a Yellow Monarch Butterfly in Your Garden?

Think you saw a yellow monarch butterfly? Learn how to stop making this butterfly blunder and see photos of yellow...


Queen vs Monarch: Butterfly Mimicry

Think you saw a monarch? Look again. That orange pollinator might be a butterfly mimic. See the differences between a...


Monarch Eggs or Aphids? How to Tell the Difference

Look closely at your milkweed plants. Learn how to tell the difference between monarch butterfly eggs and aphids.


Raising Monarch Butterflies: What You Need to Know

Find out how to raise monarch butterflies and and see what supplies you need. Plus, readers share tips and stories...

Monarch Butterflies Listed as Endangered

You may have seen reports saying monarch butterflies are endangered. See what experts say about monarch population numbers and how...


Tianshan Seven Son Flower Shines in Every Season

Discover Tianshan seven-son flower's amazing attributes as the seasons change, and learn how and where to grow it in your...


17 Beautiful Butterfly Pictures You HAVE to See

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


Attract Black Swallowtail Butterflies to Your Yard

Fill your herb garden with black swallowtail butterflies. Learn what the caterpillar, eggs and adult butterflies look like.


Attract More Butterflies With Fuzzy Flowers

Fuzzy flower heads contain hundreds of tiny nectar-filled florets, attracting butterflies from near and far. See our favorite fuzzy blooms.


How to Identify a Red Spotted Purple Butterfly

Discover where to find a red spotted purple butterfly, what they look like, and what host plants to grow to...


How to Attract Butterflies in 9 Easy Ways

Butterfly expert Jaret Daniels lends his tips on how to attract butterflies, from growing host plants and nectar flowers to...


Support the Painted Lady Butterfly Life Cycle

Monarchs aren't the only butterflies that migrate! Follow the painted lady butterfly life cycle and learn how you can help...

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A Painted Lady Butterfly is a Flying Work of Art

Learn how to attract and identify a painted lady butterfly and caterpillar. Find out what they eat and what host...


How to Grow a Pollinator Garden

Follow these simple steps and tips to create a gorgeous pollinator garden that butterflies, bees and birds will love to...


Look for a Mourning Cloak Butterfly in Early Spring

Discover where and when to find a mourning cloak butterfly and how to attract them. Also see what their wings...


Watch for the White Peacock Butterfly in the South

Keep an eye out for the beautiful white peacock butterfly year-round in southeastern wetlands and fields. Also see what...


Create the Ultimate Backyard Wildlife and Bird Habitat

Building a good backyard bird habitat doesn't have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are tips to help create an...


How to Identify and Attract a Giant Swallowtail Butterfly

The giant swallowtail butterfly is large and stunning. Learn what host plants this species requires, and what the caterpillars and...