What is your favorite butterfly?
From classic monarchs to bright swallowtails, discover readers’ most beloved winged visitors.
Mourning cloaks are my favorite because they are native and one of the first fliers to appear in my spring gardens. They’re stunningly beautiful—dark coloring accented with cream edges and blue dots. Joanne Wallace WEST BARNSTABLE, MASSACHUSETTS
Zebra longwings are special to me because I introduced my granddaughter to them. Richard Dupere WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Monarchs have a very special place in my heart. I was blessed to live near an overwintering site in California, where lots of milkweed grew. KC Primbs SALEM, OREGON
I think all butterflies are beautiful, but the zebra swallowtail is my favorite. When I’m taking photos in my garden, their red markings always catch my eye. Janine Neiswender ENOLA, PENNSYLVANIA
My favorite has to be the black swallowtail. The soft teal and yellow markings against the night black background are absolutely striking. I feel lucky every time one visits my yard. Tammy Merrill SOLON, MAINE
I like dainty sulphurs for their coloration and tiny size. Beth Wiechman SEDGWICK, KANSAS