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.

Identify and Attract a Long-Tailed Skipper Butterfly

These little fliers are more colorful than you might first think. Learn how to attract long-tailed skippers to your butterfly garden.

Grow Passionvine as a Host Plant for Butterflies

Passionvine is a host plant for several caterpillars. But there's one non-native variety that wildlife gardeners should probably avoid planting.

Butterfly Anatomy: Everything You Need to Know

Butterfly anatomy is amazing! Get a closer look at some incredible butterfly features, including the wings, feet, antennae and more!

Identify and Attract the Common Buckeye Butterfly

Despite the name, the common buckeye is anything but ordinary. The eyespots make this brown butterfly a real attention-getter!

Grow Coneflowers to Attract Butterflies and Birds

Coneflower is a butterfly magnet. These easy-to-grow nectar flowers attract attract plenty of pollinators and add a bright pop of...

Transform Your Yard Into a Butterfly Migration Hotspot

Butterfly migration is an awe-inspiring process—and butterflies need our help! Make sure your backyard is ready for migrating fliers.

6 Fascinating Milkweed Facts You Should Know

There's much more to milkweed plants than you know. Discover fascinating milkweed facts about this butterfly garden staple.

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...

How to Attract and Identify a Queen Butterfly

Share your milkweed with a queen butterfly, a regal year-round Southern pollinator. Find out what the adults and caterpillars look...

All About Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies and Caterpillars

Find out what an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly and caterpillar looks like and the best host plants to attract them.

Butterfly Bush Care: When Do Butterfly Bushes Bloom?

Learn when butterfly bush blooms and how to prune and care for the flowering shrubs. Plus learn if you can...

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...

Swallowtail Butterflies: Everything You Need to Know

Big, vibrant and abundant swallowtail butterflies bring a flurry of eye-catching activity to backyards across the United States.

7 Small Butterflies You Should Never Overlook

Many butterflies are large and colorful, but don't ignore the beauty of a small butterfly. These tiny pollinators are about...

Attract Gulf Fritillary Butterflies With Their Favorite Plants

This orange-winged flier is a southern favorite. Discover how you can attract Gulf fritillary butterflies and provide for their caterpillars.

How to Identify a Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly

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

Caterpillar Cafe: Grow Host Plants to Attract Caterpillars

Support the next generation of butterflies by nurturing caterpillar host plants for hungry larvae. Design a garden to feed caterpillars.

16 Funny Butterfly Pictures You Need to See

Keep your cameras ready this spring. A funny butterfly moment could flutter into view at any moment.

Top 10 Swallowtail Host Plants and Flowers to Grow

Turn your backyard garden into a beautiful butterfly paradise with these perfect picks for swallowtail host plants and flowers.

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Where Do Birds Go During a Rain Storm?

From thunderstorms to blizzards, we'll show you how to protect birds by turning your yard into a shelter.

How Does a Butterfly Survive Winter?

When the weather turns cold, you may wonder what happens to a winter butterfly. Find out where different butterflies go...

Attract Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies and Caterpillars

Learn how to identify a spicebush swallowtail butterfly and caterpillar. Plus get tips to attract these pretty pollinators to your...

Meet the Lovely American Lady Butterfly

Learn how to identify an American lady butterfly and caterpillar. Plus, see how it looks different from a painted lady...

The Pros and Cons of Growing Common Milkweed

Common milkweed provides nectar for butterflies, and is the only food source for monarch caterpillars, but is it right for...

What (and How) Do Monarch Butterflies Eat?

If you want to help monarchs, you may ask what do monarch butterflies eat? Find out the answer and learn...

How Do Bugs, Moths and Butterflies Hibernate?

Do butterflies hibernate? Here's the answer. Also find out how your backyard bugs, like moths, dragonflies and beetles, spend the...

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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...

Monarch Butterfly Predators and Parasites to Watch For

Learn which monarch butterfly predators and parasites pose a real threat to their survival, and which are part of the...