This website presents highlights of common butterflies as an entry-level learning and reference resource for those interested in these beautiful creatures!
Information is included on butterflies and moths you might find around your home, along with photographs, geographic distribution, host plants and more.
We love watching butterflies, whether we are home or traveling around the country to national parks, nature preserves, or hiking trails. Any state or province is a great location for discovering these magnificent creatures.
As we move into cooler Fall end early winter weather, we are enjoying spending time in our home gardens and learning more about butterflies!
What Kind of Swallowtail Is It?
Several species of swallowtails are predominantly black with similar yellow and blue markings, and identification is often difficult. Many of our readers have asked for an easy-to-use identification tool for swallowtails.
We've developed a page to help our website visitors to identify common swallowtails.
We also enjoy butterfly gardening, and designing our landscape to provide food and shelter for a variety of butterflies.
Our butterfly garden features a number of different ecological environments. Located in the country, it backs up to hundreds of acres of forest, with nearby fields, pastures, and wetlands. It is registered by MonarchWatch.org as a certified Monarch Waystation.
We've included in our landscape several types of Lantana, Zinnias, Pentas, Salvia, Batface Cuphea, Firebush and other butterfly-friendly plants, annuals and perennials. We also plant dill and fennel to provide food sources for Black Swallowtails. Learn more about butterfly gardening
Special Website Highlights This Month
This month we are featuring the beautiful Black Swallowtail and the Painted Lady as our "Butterflies of the Month".
Read our special edition about Texas Butterflies ... species, ecological environments, Texas nature centers, Texas butterfly festivals, and more.
We have also added a series of pages to help identify butterflies by primary color.
Many of our views ask ... Is it a butterfly or a moth?
And to be sure to watch our new Butterflies at Home Video Showcase.
Enjoy the website, and visit again for another fun season of watching butterflies in 2023 !