Butterfly and Moth Viewer Pictures

To attract butterflies and pollinating moths, our gardens must include nectar, larval plants to raise caterpillars, and shelter.
monarch butterfly liatris web
Not only do our viewers plant for wildlife, they’ve got their cameras ready to spotlight some of their visitors!

Here are just a few. Swallowtail larvae can be found on cilantro, parsley, and dill, among other plants. Christina Pasco found this Giant Swallowtail larva on her key lime. They do love citrus leaves!
Swallowtail larva on lime tree Christina Pasco CTG
You may also find moth larvae in your garden. Kathy Harte discovered this Tersa Sphinx moth caterpillar in her garden.
Tersa Sphinx moth Kathy Harte CTG
With warm weather so early this year, Vance caught this Gulf Fritillary soon after it emerged from the chrysalis where it had overwintered.
Gulf Fritillary emerge chrysalis CTG
We want to provide nectar plants too, and there are lots of those, including zinnias, which are easily planted from seed in mid to late spring. Rusty Brindle sent us these photos of Eastern Tiger swallowtail on his zinnias last summer.
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Rusty Brindle CTG
And Marie Pavlovsky sent us video of a Red Admiral on purple trailing lantana.

Milkweed is a definite favorite: Rob Seiler’s 9-year-old got this great picture of a Monarch on milkweed last fall.
Monarch butterfly Rob Seiler  CTG
And Robyn Squyres sent in a great video of two Monarchs on a tropical milkweed.

AND a picture!
Monarch butterfy Robyn Squyres CTG
Comal County Master Gardener Charlotte Trussell spotted this American Lady butterfly on golden groundsel.
American Lady butterfly Charlotte Trussell CTG
In late winter and early spring, she provides a little supplemental diet. Red Admirals are really going for it in her garden.
Red Admiral butterfly mash Trussell CTG

Here’s her recipe for Butterfly Mash:
• 2 black bananas peeled and smashed
• 1 tablespoon molasses
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• And about a third of a cup of dark beer (enough to make the mixture “soupy”)
• Mash ingredients together and allow to sit UNCOVERED overnight to ferment, then spoon small amount into a shallow plastic lid and place in your garden.