When the Ruby-thoats arrive in our landscape in the spring, so do the butterflies. We love watching butterflies, whether we are home or traveling around the country to national parks, nature preserves, or hiking trails. Any state is a great location for discovering these magnificent creatures.
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, and we raise dozens of Milkweed plants each year for the Monarch Butterfly.
And a wonderful by-product of gardening for hummingbirds: Butterflies!
We've included in our landscape several types of Lantana, Zinnias, Butterfly Bushes, 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.
We are proud to be certified as Monarch Waystation 8560 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.
For more information on butterfly species, butterfly gardening, photographs and more, visit our website www.ButterfliesAtHome.com
Shown below are just a few of the butterflies we regularly see.
Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly
For more butterflies ... visit our website www.ButterfliesAtHome.com