Some suggest summer is over. Based on my garden observations Labor Day weekend, I assert that the butterfly season has fully arrived.
Black swallowtail, great spangled fritillary, mourning cloak and monarch were among the butterflies noticed in our yard. As they sip and flit from the zinnias to the anise hyssop, from the butterfly weed to the black-eyed Susans, butterflies delight us.
You can enrich your backyard habitat to attract butterflies and provide for their ongoing needs. Follow these five tips, say Don and Lillian Stokes, co-authors of “Stokes Butterfly Book,” a useful guide to butterfly identification and gardening.