Butterflies at Home

Why Another Butterfly Website?

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With the wealth of information about butterflies already on the web in many great websites, why would anyone create yet another one?

The reason is fairly simple ... we love butterflies, and are still learning about them at this advanced age. This website helps organize our knowledge and focuses us on learning even more.

We've learned more about butterflies and moths in the past year than we did in the previous 64 years! And we're learning along with our granddaughters, who also share our love of nature and the marvelous mysteries and lore of the butterfly. We continue to develop our gardens and the Chaparrel Nature Preserve, and remain committed to the preservation of our natural environment!

The design of our nature preserve provides enjoyment to us humans, as well as food and shelter for butterlifes, hummingbirds, songbirds, and other wildlife.

We are not trained lepidopterists or entomologists, but merely amateurs fascinated by nature! There are undoubtedly others who are just beginning their journey toward understanding and identifying butterflies. Maybe this site will help them. For those who are more experienced and knowledgeable, there are many fine websites for them.

Monarch Waystation

We continue to learn, and to photograph, and present our knowledge on this website in a quick, understandable, and easy-to-read format, with links to more detailed butterfly resources for those readers who require more in-depth information and species identification tips.

We are proud to be certified as a Monarch Waystation by MonarchWatch.org and we encourage others to seek certification.

Monarch Waystations are places that provide resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration.

A waystation can be anywhere ... a home backyard, park, school or elsewhere. Without milkweeds throughout their spring and summer breeding areas in North America, monarchs would not be able to produce the successive generations that culminate in the migration each fall. By creating a Monarch Waystation you can assist in Monarch conservation and help the preservation of the species. Read more about how to register your Monarch waystation

And special thanks go out to great nature photographers Alan Schmierer and Ranger Robb Hannawacker for sharing many of their beautiful photographs of butterflies with us via Flickr.

Thanks for visiting, and please visit again as we evolve this site in 2024!