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I first created this site back in 1998 to document the wild plants that I encountered.  But it has grown into a clearinghouse of information on landscaping, backyard birds, butterfly gardening, plant identification and making paper from plant fiber. After leaving Kansas, I thought of deleting the site. But realize it has a wealth of information that people rely upon.

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Gardens & Wildlife > Butterflies

Yard Butterflies & Moths

Photo Gallery

All of these photos are of butterflies and moths that have been attracted to my yard. Using native plants is the best way to attract butterflies as moths as many use them as host plants for their larva. Planting a variety of different plants from different plant families will create a diverse habitat for butterflies and moths.

Learn more about Butterfly Gardening with native plants.

Learn more about Host Plants of butterflies.

American Idia moth (Idia americalis) http://bugguide.net/node/view/16249

American snout butterfly on common hackberry http://bugguide.net/node/view/440

Asimina webworm moth caterpillars (Omphalocera munroei) on paw paw http://bugguide.net/node/view/121234

Armyworm Moth (Mythimna unipuncta) http://bugguide.net/node/view/10901

Beet Webworm moth (Hymenia perspectalis) http://bugguide.net/node/view/9731

Bent wing owlet Moth (Bleptina caradrinalis) http://bugguide.net/node/view/15091

Bicolored Angle Moth (Macaria bicolorata) http://bugguide.net/node/view/15712

female black swallowtail

black swallowtail egg on golden alexander seed

black swallowtail larva (1st instar) on golden alexander

black swallowtail larva (4th instar)

Black swallowtail larva on Lomatium

black swallowtail larva (3rd instar) on golden alexander

Brown Bark Carpet (Horisme intestinata) http://bugguide.net/node/view/15294

Brown shaded Gray Moth (Iridopsis defectaria) http://bugguide.net/node/view/19280

cabbage white on clammyweed

Chickweed Geometer (Haematopis grataria) http://bugguide.net/node/view/14995

larva on clammyweed

clearwing moth, http://bugguide.net/node/view/195648

clouded sulphur on New England aster

female clouded sulphur http://bugguide.net/node/view/12864

cloudless sulphur egg on the underside of a Maryland senna leaf

Cloudless sulphur caterpillar

Clover Looper (Caenurgina erechtea) http://bugguide.net/node/view/9680

Common buckeye http://bugguide.net/node/view/516

Common Gray (Anavitrinella pampinaria) http://bugguide.net/node/view/11536

Common Idia Moth (Idia aemula) http://bugguide.net/node/view/16245

Common Tan Wave (Pleuroprucha insulsaria) http://bugguide.net/node/view/11617

Copper Underwing Moth (Amphipyra pyramidoides) http://bugguide.net/node/view/13299

Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5718

Corn Earworm Moth (Helicoverpa zea) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5718

crambid moth

Delaware skipper on milkweed vine, http://bugguide.net/node/view/9602

Dingy Cutworm moth (Feltia jaculifera) http://bugguide.net/node/view/10464

dun skipper on climbing milkweed

dun skipper on climbing milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/3255

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5509

Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5509

Eastern tailed blue butterfly

eastern tiger swallowtail on beebalm, http://bugguide.net/node/view/491

Eastern tiger swallowtail on canada verbena, http://bugguide.net/node/view/491

Eggplant Leafroller (Lineodes integra) http://bugguide.net/node/view/36773

Fiery Skipper on clammy weed (Polanisia dodecandra), http://bugguide.net/node/view/406

Arcigera Flower Moth (Schinia arcigera) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5814

Forage Looper (Caenurgina erechtea) http://bugguide.net/node/view/9681

giant swallowtail egg on prickly ash

giant swallowtail

giant swallowtail caterpillar, first instar on prickly ash

Glossy Black Idia Moth (Idia lubricalis) http://bugguide.net/node/view/4501

gray hairstreak on tall joe-pye

Great spangled fritillary on mint-leaf beebalm (Monarda fistulosa), http://bugguide.net/node/view/4221

Greater Black Letter Dart (Xestia dolosa) http://bugguide.net/node/view/381174

Green Cloverworm moth (Hypena scabra) http://bugguide.net/node/view/9540

Hackberry Emperor http://bugguide.net/node/view/552645

Hackberry Emperor http://bugguide.net/node/view/552645

Horace's duskywing http://bugguide.net/node/view/17268

Ipsilon Dart Moth http://bugguide.net/node/view/38914

Ipsilon Dart Moth (Agrotis ipsilon) http://bugguide.net/node/view/38914

little yellow on baldwin ironweed

Lunate Zale Moth (Zale lunata) http://bugguide.net/node/view/4197

Maple Looper moth (Parallelia bistriaris) http://bugguide.net/node/view/3356

Monarch on New England aster

Monarch on button gayfeather, moth on gray goldenrod

Monarch on swamp milkweed

Monarch caterpillar on swamp milkweed

monarch caterpillar

Monarchs on New England Aster

Moths attracted to bait

Mourning Cloak Butterfly http://bugguide.net/node/view/4239

Oldwife underwing (Catocala palaeogama) http://bugguide.net/node/view/45164

painted lady on New England aster

Parthenice Tiger Moth (Grammia parthenice) http://bugguide.net/node/view/5907

pearl crescent on swamp milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/411

Peck's skipper on Baldwin's ironweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/3246

promiscuous angle moth, http://bugguide.net/node/view/172164

Question Mark butterfly eating "bait"

Question Mark butterfly

Question Mark Butterfly

Question Mark Butterfly without the dot on the question mark

Red admiral

red admiral on downy goldenrod http://bugguide.net/node/view/448

red-banded hairstreak on snow-on-the-mountain http://bugguide.net/node/view/575

red-banded hairstreak (Shawnee county record)

red spotted purple butterfly eating butterfly bait

red spotted purple

Sachem skipper, http://bugguide.net/node/view/9521

silver spotted skipper on beebalm, http://bugguide.net/node/view/4936

sleepy orange

female sleepy orange on Baldwin's ironweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/501

sleepy orange sulphur caterpillar on Maryland senna, http://bugguide.net/node/view/3815

snowberry clearwing moth at swamp milkweeda

snowberry clearwing on swamp milkweed

Somber Carpet moth (Disclisioprocta stellata) http://bugguide.net/node/view/9875

Summer azure

Sweetheart moth (Catocala amatrix) http://bugguide.net/node/view/29697

tawny-edged skipper on ironweed

Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton) nectaring on "bait" http://bugguide.net/node/view/2646

Tripudia moth (Tripudia rectangula) http://bugguide.net/node/view/402923

Variegated Midget (Elaphria versicolor) http://bugguide.net/node/view/37649

Viceroy Butterfly

wavy lined emerald geometer moth caterpillar coverered with plant debris http://bugguide.net/node/view/421718

white lined sphinx (Hyles lineata) caterpillar on wild four o'clock

White-lined sphinx (Hyles lineata) http://bugguide.net/node/view/3071

wild indigo duskywing

wild indigo dusky wing skipper caterpillar on canada milkvetch

Yellow Collared Scape Moth (Cisseps fulvicollis) http://bugguide.net/node/view/447

Yellow Striped Armyworm Moth (Spodoptera ornithogalli) http://bugguide.net/node/view/12522

Zebra swallowtail on butterfly milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/383694

zebra swallowtail on butterfly milkweed, http://bugguide.net/node/view/383694

zebra swallowtail larva on paw paw

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