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
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.
For good general information on all aspects of butterflies:
How To Spot Butterflies
by Pat and Clay Sutton
For Identification of butterflies:
Butterflies of North America
By Jim P. Brock & Kenn Kaufman
Butterflies Through Binoculars, The East
By Jeffrey Glassberg
Butterflies and Moths of Missouri
By J. Richard and Joan E. Heitzman