Category Archives: Butterflies

What Do Butterflies Eat? Nectar Plants (generally)

Most butterflies eat (actually they “drink”) from nectar plants (while the plants that caterpillars eat are called host plants). Each species of butterflies has nectar plants that they prefer but many adult butterflies will feed from a wide variety of nectar sources. Butterflies are not as specific in their food source as are their caterpillars. A few […]

Raising Monarch Butterflies Indoors

It is very popular to raise Monarch butterflies indoors mostly because the caterpillar and the butterfly are beautiful, the chrysalis is stunning, and monarch butterflies are gorgeous and widespread. The process of watching a caterpillar become a butterfly is truly awesome and it really is easy to do! Monarchs have a large range and can […]

Raise Black Swallowtail Butterflies Indoors

Raising a Black Swallowtail butterfly indoors is fun, easy, and educational. Black Swallowtail butterflies are great to raise indoors for several reasons including abundance, plentiful food source, attractive and interesting caterpillars, and of course beautiful butterflies. The Black Swallowtail can be found anywhere East of the Continental Divide in America. The Anise Swallowtail is the […]

Life Cycle of a Butterfly: Amazing!

The life cycle of a butterfly is truly amazing. Butterflies have four life stages, the egg, the larva (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly. Each of the four stages are very unique to individual species of butterflies which is part of what makes watching and raising butterflies so much fun.   The Butterfly Egg The egg stage […]

How to Attract Butterflies

The number one step to attract butterflies is simply providing the food they like – which is generally plants. The adult butterflies are attracted to nectar plants from which they sip nectar and are also attracted to their host plants which are the specific plants where the females lay their eggs. This article will suggest […]

Raising Butterflies Indoors

Raising butterflies indoors is just plain fun as well as being educational, organic, scientific, and amazing. I have found that it fascinates people from a range of 18 months old to 80 years old. A lady friend who lives close by said that in all her 80-some years of life she had never witnessed a […]