Common North American Butterflies

It is one of the most widespread butterfly species in the word, and can be found all over Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America.  They seem to be especially attracted to feeding on goldenrod.  They also tend to be attracted to butterfly bushes.

The red-spotted purple butterfly is a ground-dweller.  They fly low, and light on low-lying branches or on the ground.  They look similar to a poisonous butterfly known as the pipevine swallowtail.

They breed on willows, poplars, cherry trees, apples, hawthorns, and aspens.  They feed on thistles, lilac, azaleas, phlox, petunias, lupines, butterfly bush, and bergamot, among others. The pipevine swallowtail is a beautiful butterfly with iridescent blue on the wings.

They lay eggs on many different types of trees, similar to the red-spotted purple.  They also eat the same types of nectar. The cabbage white butterfly is certainly extremely common.  It’s a white butterfly with few markings, and is rather small in size.  It lays eggs on radishes, cabbage, broccoli, and nasturtiums.

Mourning cloak butterflies can survive throughout the winter in many parts of the world.  It’s native to North America and Eurasia.  Their wings are very dark red, with a yellowish border around the wings.

They also have a dark band with brighter blue spots on the wings.  Their caterpillars are raised on willows, aspens, cottonwoods, elms, and paper birch trees.  They are especially common on willows and elms.

Adult butterflies usually live on sap and rotting fruit, but may occasionally feed on flower nectar. If you’d like to attract certain species of butterfly, you’ll need to provide them with the food the adults need, as well as a good place to lay their eggs.