This summer, I have had the privilege of watching the Monarch Butterfly Life Cycle in my garden, and I have done some research into the other types of butterflies that I might attract to might garden.  This is not all of the butterflies that visit New Jersey Gardens, but it is a list of butterflies that I want to try to attract and watch reproduce in my garden.

Black Swallowtail Male Butterfly [above]

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Female [above]

Size of Black Swallowtail Butterflies: 3.25″ – 4.25″

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar

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Black Swallowtail Butterfly Chrysalis

Black Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Dill

Black Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Fennel

Black Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Parsley

Black Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Queen Anne’s Lace

Black Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Common Rue – Ruta graveolans

Eastern Comma Butterfly or Hop Merchant [above]

Size of Eastern Comma Butterflies: Wing Span: 1 3/4 – 2 1/2 inches (4.5 – 6.4 cm) [Small]

Eastern Comma or Hop Merchant Butterfly Caterpillar

Eastern Comma Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Hops [Hops is also necessary to make beer]

Eastern Tail-Blue Butterfly [above]

Size of the Eastern Tail-Blue Butterfly: Wing Span: 7/8 – 1 1/8 inches (2.2 – 2.9 cm) [Very Small]

Eastern Tail-Blued Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Peas

EasternTiger Swallow Tail Butterfly [above]

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Magnolia Trees

 Size of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly: Wing Span: 2 1/2 – 4 1/2 inches (6.2 – 11.4 cm)

Gray Hairstreak Butterfly [above]

Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Hollyhock

Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on High Mallow or Zebra Mallow

Gray Hairstreak Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Peas

Giant Swallowtail Butterfly [above]

Size of the Giant Swallowtail Butterfly: Wing Span: 4 – 6 1/4 inches (10.2 – 16 cm)

Giant Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Common Rue – Ruta graveolans

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly [above]

Size of the Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly: Wing Span: 2 1/2 – 4 inches (6.3 – 10.1 cm)

Great Spangled Fritillary Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Violets [above]

Monarch Butterfly [above]

Size of the Monarch Butterfly: Wing Span: 3 3/8 – 4 7/8 inches (8.6 – 12.4 cm)

Monarch Butterfly Caterpillar

Monarch Butterfly Chrysalis

Monarch Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Milkweed Plants

Mourning Cloak Butterfly

Size of the Mourning Cloak Butterfly: Wing Span: 2 1/4 – 4 inches (5.7 – 10.1 cm)

Mourning Cloak Butterfly Caterpillar

Mourning Cloak Butterflies Lay Their Eggs in Willows

Pearl Crescent Butterfly [above]

Pearl Crescent Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Asters

Asters are the primary nectar-producing flowers in my fall garden. In order to have a butterfly garden, it is essential to have nectar-producing flowers for at least 3 seasons each year.

Red-banded Hairstreak Butterfly

Red-banded Hairstreak Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Winged Sumac

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly [above]

Size of the Red-spotted Purple Butterfly: Wing Span: 2 1/4 – 4 inches (5.7 – 10.1 cm)

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Red-spotted Butterfly Caterpillar

Red-spotted Purple Butterflies Lay Their Eggs in Willows

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly [above]

Size of the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly: Wing Span: 3 – 4 inches (7.5 – 10 cm)

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar

Spicebush Swallow Tail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Lilacs

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Spicebushes

Spring Azure Butterfly [above]

Spring Azure Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Blueberry Bushes

Summer Azure Butterfly [above]

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Summer Azure Butterflies Lay Their Eggs on Dogwood Shrubs

Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood Cornus sericea “Cardinal Grows 10′ x 10′

In my garden, I grow Cardinal Red Twig Dogwoods, which are great for winter gardens, too.

©Jacki Kellum September 11, 2011