Bright blossoms are welcoming, especially if they face an open space, like lantana edging a lawn. Butterflies look for nectar and a place to lay eggs, which is why I have a Paw Paw Asimina parviflora behind an expanse of lantana to welcome Zebra swallowtails.
Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on yellow weeds.
Sulphurs puddling on a damp spot on the ground.
The Butterfly Lady encourages her visiting toddler grandson to tinkle in the sandy puddling space she provides for male butterflies. They are seeking mineral salts, which urine provides just enough.
Do you have one of those pretty butterfly houses sometimes seen at craft fairs? I've never seen a butterfly in one. They usually seek shelter from wind and rain somewhere like behind some bark or underneath a leaf, which I have seen.
Butterflies were here when Azaleas bloomed.
I provided dianthus and other nectar-laden goodies following the end of Azalea time but most disappeared all the same. Our butterflies are programmed for making appearances when nectar is most bountiful, disappearing until the next wave of blossoms appear in nature. Lantana is about to bloom. I noticed passion vine plants among the emerging lantanas last week. Meanwhile I'm seeing an occasional visitor, like the American Painted Lady I saw yesterday.
If you want to visit a butterfly expert's blog, go see Randy and Meg's Garden Paradise. On Randy's sidebar are links to Randy's Butterfly Pages, chock full of important butterfly information.
A Poll on my Sidebar has to do with what Butterflies visit in gardens. Please check the plants and other items that butterflies may find in your garden. What favorite plants and activities of butterflies did I leave off?