butterfly listing - our butterflies                                                                 


Black Swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes): Breeds in the yard on Parsley, Fennel and Dill. Its favorite nectar plants are Phlox, Milkweed and Butterfly Bush. We recommend planting parsley in large numbers as they eat a lot!!!!

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus): Breeds in adjacent yards on Tulip trees. Can be found in large numbers some years on our Phlox, Liatris, Butterfly Bush, Ironweed and Mexican Sunflowers. 

Spicebush Swallowtail (Papilio troilus): Breeds in our yard in large numbers as we have rescued a number of Spicebush from construction zones. Favorite flowers are Butterfly Bush, Swamp Milkweed, Liatris and Phlox.

Giant Swallowtail (Papilio cresphontes): Once only a casual visitor, this species is becoming very common. Planting Wafer Ash as a host plant.

Monarch (Danaus plexippus): Breeds in our yard in large numbers. We have planted hundreds of Milkweed plants with the main species being Common, Purple, Swamp and Butterflyweed. The favorite nectar flowers are Milkweed Mexican Sunflower, Phlox, Joe Pye Weed and Liatris.

Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae): 2019 was the first year we had this species visit the garden. And they were here all Summer on just about everything. The flower pictured is the native Impatiens capensis. Also a favorite of Hummingbirds.

Silver Spotted Skipper (Epargyreus clarus): One of the earliest butterflies to appear in the garden. Can be found throughout the garden sipping nectar from Liatris, Milkweed, Phlox, Butterflyweed, Butterfly Bush, Joe Pye Weed and more.

Great Spangled Fritillary (Speyeria cybele): Populations of this butterfly vary from year to year. Some years they are scarce, and then others they are all over. And they love the Common Milkweed. Their host plants are violets, of which we have hundreds.