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.

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...


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 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...


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...


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Meet Garden Royalty: The Viceroy Butterfly

A viceroy butterfly is a majestic sight in the garden. Learn what the butterflies and their caterpillars look like and...

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...


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,...

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.


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...


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...