Hello and welcome to the Butterfly Blog. Thank you so much for visiting!

Here, you will find resources to native plants and butterflies, photo and story submission guidelines, and information regarding the addition of butterflies to your life.

Creating a landscape that encourages butterflies and other pollinators to feed and rest allows for a special and important experience. If you have been inspired  to create a safe space for butterflies or other pollinators, we would love to hear about it! Please consider sending us a photograph along with your information so we can give you credit when we feature your work.

Photo submission guidelines:

  • Please do not submit photos of people or pets
  • Please email photo submissions to butterflies@thearb.org
  • Photos should contain a clear image of a butterfly or butterfly-friendly flowers
  • Include any information you wish to appear alongside your photo, such as your name, so you receive proper credit
  • Maximum photos submitted at one time will be limited to 20 per email
  • If you are a professional photographer and wish to have your site featured, please provide that information in your email
  • Pictures can be from the Arboretum, your house, or elsewhere but they must be your own personal photos
  • You may submit photos and a story together in the same email
  • You will receive notification of our use of your photo and a direct link to the post
  • Watermarks are encouraged, please place them appropriately

Story submission guidelines:

  • Please submit story submissions to butterflies@thearb.org
  • Stories must be a positive encounter with butterflies, moths, or other pollinators
  • Minimum story length: 250 words
  • Maximum story length: 2,500 words
  • Please include your name so you get proper credit for your stories
  • You will receive notification of our use of your story along with a direct link
  • Stories must be non fiction and creative non fiction only and they must be your own personal stories
  • Please do not plagiarize any stories, they will not be accepted
  • You may submit stories and photos in the same email

Resources for butterflies in your area:

Click on your state to learn more about butterflies in your area

Host and Nectar plant list

National Wildlife Federation’s guide to butterfly gardening

Plants native to your area:

Southwest Native Plants

Northwest Native Plants

Midwest Native Plants

Southeast Native Plants

Northeast Native Plants

Butterfly ID guide:

Step by step butterfly ID

Caterpillar ID guide:

Step by step caterpillar ID

Moth ID guide:

Step by step moth ID

Recommended Reading:

Oxford Journals: Monarch Butterflies

Monarch Butterfly Facts

Getting Involved:


Monarch Watch

Monarch SOS

Xerces Society

Butterfly Conservation

Certify Your Garden