U of MN Extension ServiceBU-06711
Reviewed 1998
College of Agricultural, Food,
and Environmental Sciences
Butterfly Gardening
Vera Krischik

 1998  Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents


What a Butterfly Is

Life History of a Few Butterflies

Behaviors to Watch
  • Feeding
  • Basking
  • Puddling
  • Patrolling and Perching
  • Mating
  • Egg-laying

Creating a Butterfly Garden
  • Host Plants
  • Habitats
  • Reduced Use of Pesticides

Enjoy Your Garden

References and Resources
  • Slide Set
  • Publications
  • Organizations

Table 4: Butterfly and moth garden plants.

Table 5: Checklist of Minnesota Butterflies


Vera Krichik, Ph.D., is an assistant professor, Department of Entomology and an extension specialist, Minnesota Extension Service. She is also the director of the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, University of Minnesota.


The author gratefully acknowledges a grant from the Minnesota Extension Service, which has funded the production of this publication. Also acknowledged is the assistance of and contributions by numerous individuals in the creation of this publication. These include Whitney Cranshaw and Paul Opler, Colorado State University, for the use of slides from the Colorado State Extension slide set on butterfly gardening. Thanks are extended to Kevin Stroom, Robert Wawrzynski, and William Miller, Ph.D., all of the University of Minnesota, for assistance on the manuscript. Thanks also go out to all those who shared their slides of butterflies and plants.


Production of this publication was funded by a Minnesota Extension Service grant to the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability. Product manager and editor for the Minnesota Extension Service was Larry Etkin, senior editor, Educational Development System. Produced in the Educational Development System, Minnesota Extension Service.

Photo Credits:

Cover garden, Whitney Cranshaw/Paul Opler; insets top to bottom, John Kyhl, Karen Oberhauser, Jeff Hahn, Whitney Cranshaw/Paul Opler. Additional photographs: Karen Oberhauser, Whitney Cranshaw, Paul Opler.

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