Butterfly Gardening

It is easy to increase the number and variety of butterflies found in your yard.  Simply grow the plants the caterpillars like to eat, and plants that adult butterflies feed on!  To attract, retain and encourage butterfly populations to visit, you should select a variety of nectar-producing plants with the goal of providing flowers in bloom throughout the season.  This will encourage a continuous succession of new visitors to your butterfly garden.  It is especially important that you have flowers in mid-to-late summer blooming.  This is when butterflies are the most active.  Ideal flowers are those with multiple florets that produce abundant nectar.  Butterfly Bush and Butterfly Weed are the most popular.

Plant your butterfly garden in full sun for the best results, and plant taller flowers behind shorter ones.  This way, you will be able to see all the flowers and butterflies that appear in your garden.  Also, refrain from the use of chemical pesticides, which will kill the butterflies you attract.

Common Butterflies of Louisiana

Brush-Footed Butterflies

Admirals and Relatives




Milkweed Butterflies


True Brushfoots



Parnassians and Swallowtails

Skippers - Giant and Spreadwing