I found a wonderful site with information for those who wish to attract butterflies.
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/greenline/ ... 03.03.html
Also this is an excellent site!!:
National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/backyardwildlifehabi ... rflies.cfm
They are easier to attract than you may think. I also bet that many of you all ready have the plants needed to keep them coming and staying.
Somewhere in the yard, let fresh water accumulate to support communal "mudpuddling" so butterflies get soil salts and minerals as well as moisture. Finally, butterflies like some flat stones for basking or sunbathing, to gather warmth to power their wings. Do your homework on mosquitoes though. Good ways and bad ways to have standing puddles.
They get further nutrition from moisture from puddle and raindrops, rotting carrion and other liquids - even HUMAN
perspiration if you stand very still - that provide traces of minerals and nutrients not in nectar.
****In many cases, caterpillars of a species feed on only a very limited variety of plants. Most butterfly caterpillars NEVER cause the leaf damage we associate with some moth caterpillars such as bagworms, tent caterpillars, or gypsy moths!
Another good one:
You are cordially invited to attend the 8th Annual Texas Butterfly Festival in Mission, TX, located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, the most biologically diverse region in the United States. Four ecosystems converge in this area, with its sub-tropical climate the area boasts over 290 species of butterflies, some 400 species of birds and approximately 78 species of odonates. Be a part of the excitement as we delight in the butterflies and wonderful biodiversity of the region. catch up with old friends and make some new ones ... we look forward in seeing you in October!
Learn how to attract butterflies to your yard at the "Ranch Round-up"
featuring the latest on butterfly gardening tips.
Last but not least for those of you who don't know.
The Official state butterfly of Texas is the Monarch butterfly.
The Monarch Butterfly became the Texas state insect by a 1995 resolution of the state legislature. The resolution was introduced by Representative Arlene Wohlgemuth on behalf of students in her district.