I have been fascinated by Butterflies since I was a young child. I had a hard time understanding how caterpillars could turn into such ethereal creatures. When I moved to Texas several years ago, I decided I was going to have a Butterfly garden. The weather is warm there for longer, and many Butterflies migrate to or through the state. I could not have imagined how successful that garden would be. The plants grew vigorously, and before long, the Butterflies arrived in all shapes and sizes. I would often sit by the garden and just watch them flitting around to the different types of flowers, and I noticed that some were attracted to certain flowers. It was amazing to watch them. And Black Swallowtails laid eggs on the Dill plants, and the Caterpillars were so cute!
I have tried to create a Butterfly garden in Colorado, but without as much success. I have seen some interesting Butterflies in the wild, and I actually had three Monarch Caterpillars on my Milkweed, but I never saw the parent Butterflies. I’ve been lucky, though that I have seen as many different species as I have. I’m hoping my garden here has better results next year.