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Butterfly Habitat Garden

The Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden is 11,000 square foot area that supports plant species having specific relationships to life cycles of eastern United States butterflies. It is located on the East side of the National Museum of Natural History at 9th Street between Constitution Avenue and the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Morning in the Smithsonian Gardens Buttterfly Habitat Garden.

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The large milkweed bugs in the National Museum of Natural History Butterfly Habitat Garden are chowing down on our milkweed seed pods.

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Butterflies are slowly making an appearance in the Butterfly Habitat Garden; tithonia is a favorite nectar plant

A sweat bee (Augochlorellaa) on a black-eyed Susan in the Butterfly Habitat Garden.

The Butterfly Garden: A Haven for Wild Bees

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Bumble bee (Bombus sp) foraging in the Butterfly Habitat Garden.

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A carpenter bee (Xylocopa) with full pollen baskets in the Butterfly Habitat Garden.

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In major urban landscape such as Washington, D.C., a place like the Smithsonian Institution’s Butterfly Habitat Garden serves a valuable purpose as a rich and rewarding refuge, not only for butterflies, but also for bees.

The Butterfly Garden: A Haven for Wild Bees

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Monarch caterpillar in the Butterfly Habitat Garden | by Flickr member AsiVivo

Planting a spice bush is an easy way to attract spice bush swallowtails. The spice bush is a deciduous shrub which can grow as high as 6-10 feet!