Chains of tiny orange sulphurs swarm over damp spots on the ground.
Some butterflies are more shy about having their photo taken; the swallowtails and fritallaries sometimes appear to pose.
Many of our native butterflies prefer plants that have pink, red, purple, yellow or orange flowers. Butterflies appear to be attracted to areas with large masses of a single color, or closely related colors, rather than gardens with many colors mixed together.
Most butterflies must land in order to get to the nectar. They prefer plants having either clusters of short tubular flowers, or flowers with large, flat petals.
Butterflies are active from early spring through frost; having a mix of plants in your garden flowering throughout this entire time will attract them all season long. During times when there are no flowers, watch to see what weeds butterflies are visiting and allow some to grow.