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.

Watch a Butterfly Feeding

If you've never looked closely at a butterfly feeding, this video gives you the chance.


Attracting Butterflies: Common Buckeye

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


Big Eyes in the Butterfly Garden

Butterflies and caterpillars use “eyespots” to scare off predators in the butterfly garden and beyond!


Attracting Butterflies with Fruit

Flowers aren't the only way to bring butterflies to your garden. Learn about attracting butterflies with fruit too.


Attracting Butterflies: Long-Tailed Skipper

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


Attracting Butterflies With a Free Milkweed Program

Community member Sandra Williams got her garden club involved in attracting butterflies with free milkweed. Learn how she did it.


Attracting Butterflies: 11 Must-Have Host Plants

Need help attracting butterflies to your yard? National Wildlife Federation expert David Mizejewski unveils butterfly host plants you want in...


Diary of Monarch Migration

The "super-generation" of butterflies that migrates to Mexico each year is simply amazing. Learn about the monarch migration journey.

Year-Round Guide to Butterflies

Butterflies aren't just for summer. Here’s what to look for as the habits of these irresistible charmers change with the...


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Butterflies in Winter

With snow already on the ground in some areas and the cold winds of winter starting to blow in others,


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Giant Swallowtail, a stunning butterfly

When I spotted this beauty this morning I said ‘wow’-it was such a stunning butterfly especially as it fed on


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Atala Hairstreak: A Butterfly Success Story

We’ve been having an exciting couple of weeks at the butterfly exhibit where I work. About a month ago, we


Monarch Migration Magic

Monarchs undertake the longest known butterfly migration. Learn how they do it.


Attracting Butterflies With Fuzzy Flowers

Fuzzy flower heads contain hundreds of tiny nectar-filled florets, attracting butterflies from near and far.


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Beautiful Perennials for a Colorful, Butterfly Garden

Do you know what is better then a garden bed filled with colorful perennials?  One that is filled with perennials


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My Most Common Backyard Butterflies

It’s not an exaggeration to say that there are basically always butterflies in my Central Florida yard. We have a

Great Spangled Fritillary

When most people see a flash of orange from a passing butterfly, they automatically assume it’s a monarch. There are


How to Make a Butterfly Garden Planter

How to Make a Butterfly Garden Planter


Viceroy Butterfly: A Monarch Mimic

Ah, the poor Viceroy (Limenitis archippus) butterfly. Everybody always thinks it’s a Monarch, when it’s really very beautiful and special


Butterfly Love

At the butterfly exhibit where I work, our guests frequently point out pairs of butterflies that seem to be “stuck


Pentas: Perfect in Butterfly Gardens

At the butterfly garden where I work, I get asked pretty much every day which nectar flowers are best for...

Spring Butterflies: Mourning Cloak

Some folks still have snow on the ground, but others are starting too see signs of spring. A friend of


Pineapple Sage for Cool-Season Butterflies

It’s no secret that most salvia species are great nectar providers for butterflies and hummingbirds. One of my favorites is


Simple Butterfly Photography Tips

Simple Butterfly Photography Tips


“Punctuation” Butterflies: Commas and the Question Mark

One of my favorite groups of butterflies are known as the “Anglewings” due to their interesting wing shapes, reflected in


Eggs in the Garden, or Where Caterpillars Come From

If you’re a good butterfly gardener, your garden is filled with nectar plants. If you’re a great butterfly gardener, your garden


Monarchs, Queens, and Butterfly Mimicry

Most people are familiar with the beautiful Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus). It can be found throughout most of the country,