Whether it is inherent or nurtured it seems that people have always had a fascination with butterflies. Is it their beautiful colors or their supposed magical abilities? It doesn’t matter. The fact stands that most folks just like butterflies and more and more people are falling under their spell everyday.

Now there is one thing that everyone will agree on, and that is every year there seems to be less and less butterflies. The contributing factors that are causing this may be far out of the reach of the average butterfly aficionado, leaving many of us to feel helpless. Planting butterfly gardens and installing habitats is something that we can all do to help. Limiting or eliminating pesticides and using organic substitutes would naturally (pun intended) save countless of lepidopteron lives.

If you are fortunate enough to have an area where you can plant a butterfly garden or habitat, go for it! Stay as natural and as indigenous as you can with your planting selections. Remember, there were a lot more butterflies where you now live back when it was still a field or meadow.  Those local butterflies didn’t thrive on Kentucky Blue or Bermuda grasses back then. They were happy with thistles, Queen Anne’s Lace and other common "weeds". Not many caterpillars have adapted to eating macadam and steel.

To get started with your butterfly garden, please see the links below. We also encourage you to visit Monarch Watch and Monarchs Across Georgia. Their sites offer guidance for installing general butterfly habitats and creating way stations for migrating monarchs.  If you follow their guidelines you will not only receive certification but you get a great sign to hang in your home or school garden.

Butterfly gardening articles
Organic gardening information
Butterfly & moth checklist so you know who to plant for!
Milkweed guide