Butterflies of North Carolina

Carolina Butterfly Society
Carolina Butterfly Society emphasizes identifying and watching butterflies in the field and garden rather than collecting them. Every season we organize several butterflying field trips to the various biogeographic regions of the Carolinas. We offer advice on butterfly gardening, encourage photography and record-keeping, provide fact sheets for outdoor educators, sponsor gardening workshops, and collect data for conservation use.

CarolinaLeps Listserve
This list serves as a forum for butterfly enthusiasts or "butterfliers" to discuss all aspects of butterfly life in the Carolinas, including butterfly finding, butterfly identification, trip reports, butterfly counts, butterfly behavior, backyard butterflying, butterfly gardening, butterfly photography, and butterfly club information.

Basic Monarch Facts
The monarch butterfly may be the most widely recognized of all American butterflies with its distinct orange, black, and white wings. While beautiful, this coloring actually sends a warning to predators that the monarch is foul tasting and poisonous. Found throughout the United States, as well as Mexico and Canada, one of the most notable characteristics about the monarch is the astonishing 3000 mile journey some will make in the fall to their wintering grounds in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Mexico or to southern California, depending on which part of the United States or Canada they originate.

Monarch Migration 1
Journey North citizen scientists track monarch butterfly migration each fall and spring as monarch butterflies migrate to and from Mexico.

Monarch Migration 2
The annual migration of the monarch is a stimulating one both visually and intellectually. Although people often enjoy viewing these butterflies, many people do not fully understand why they migrate while other butterflies do not.

Butterfly Garden
Butterflies bring colorful beauty and charm to almost any backyard space, and they’re a sight that everyone, from children to adults, can enjoy. Fortunately, butterflies are simple to attract with the help of nectar-rich plants. A butterfly garden is not only stunning to behold, but it also creates a natural habitat that provides butterflies with food and a place to breed and lay their eggs.