What is your fa­vorite but­ter­fly?

From classic monar­chs to bright swal­low­tails, dis­cover read­ers’ most beloved winged vis­i­tors.

Birds & Blooms - - Across The Fence -

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

Ze­bra swal­low­tail

Monarch but­ter­fly

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