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Introduction to Butterfly Photos

By Jim Thayer

When you create a garden, you usually grow plants.

When you create a butterfly garden, you strive to grow butterflies.

Many people who grow butterflies are content with seeing the moving flowers (butterflies) among their plants. They enjoy their presence and help them grow. Others are curious and wonder about their name, their life cycle and what brings them to their garden. Whatever the reason you are gardening for butterflies, enjoy the results of your labor.

What follows is for those who wonder. There are over 110 species of butterflies recorded in Tulsa County. However, many of those butterflies are habitat specific and will seldom, if ever, be seen in a city garden. Also, trying to match a butterfly from a list of 110 can be intimidating for a beginner.

So I have chosen pictures of about twenty five butterflies that you are most likely to see in your garden. Some butterflies land with their wings closed, some with their wings open and some do both. The pictures included here are of live butterflies and both poses are included where possible. Using these photos, you will probably be able to figure out the name of the butterfly that you are trying to identify. Also, I have added a few of “how lucky can you get” butterflies in case they happen by your garden.

Then, if you want more information you can go to the web site listed below. The more you know about the butterflies that are in your yard, the more you will understand about what plants to use to attract them.

Butterflies of America And Butterflies And Moths are outstanding web sites and will give you pictures and valuable information for each of the butterflies and moths.

 

BOOK REFERENCES

For good general information on all aspects of butterflies:

How To Spot Butterflies
by Pat and Clay Sutton
ISBN 0-395-89275-9

For Identification of butterflies:

Butterflies of North America
By Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman
ISBN 0-618-25400-5

Butterflies Through Binoculars, The East
By Jeffrey Glassberg
ISBN 0-19-510668-7

For Moths:

Butterflies and Moths of Missouri
By J. Richard and Joan E. Heitzman