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.


Butterfly Habitat Garden

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Buttonbush in the Butterfly Garden outside @NMNH is attracting lots of attention from visitors-both human and insect!

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Oasis in the city: Creating a balanced ecosystem for #butterflies in the middle of DC ow.ly/OQ9QR

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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

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

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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.

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Milkweed bug nymphs by DC Tropics, via Flickr

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Smithsonian Gardens’ Butterfly Habitat Garden outside the National Museum of Natural History - check out a list of pollinator-attracting plants on our blog.

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Smithsonian Gardens’ Butterfly Habitat Garden outside the National Museum of Natural History - check out a list of pollinator-attracting plants on our blog.

Protecting Pollinators

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We are celebrating #PollinatorWeek at Smithsonian Gardens. Bee on a Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia triloba) in the Butterfly Habitat Garden

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Snowberry Clearwing moth (Hemaris diffinis) in the Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden | by Flickr member AsiVivo

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Tagging Monarch butterflie in the Butterfly Habitat Garden | by Flickr member AsiVivo Learn more about Monarch tagging here: monarchwatch.org/...

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

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The caterpillar in this video will become a Black Swallowtail Butterfly. The projections from the caterpillar's head are forked glands called osmeterium. When the caterpillar believes it is in danger it will release these glands and emit a foul odor to repel predators. (Don't worry! No caterpillars were harmed in the making of this video.)

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Green Darner dragonfly (Anax Junius) at the Smithsonian butterfly garden | by Flickr user AsiVivo

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Cabbage White in the Butterfly Garden | by Flickr user AsiVivo

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Candy Lily (Pardancanda norrisii) in the Butterfly Garden | by Flickr user AsiVivo

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Black swallowtail caterpillar in the Butterfly Habitat Garden | by Flickr user AsiVivo

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We found this little fellow hanging out in the Butterfly Habitat Garden looking well fed - stay tuned - he'll be a Monarch Butterfly soon!

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'Paprika' Yarrow in the SI Butterfly Habitat Garden

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Monarch Butterfly on a path of Lantanas | by Flickr user AsiVivo

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Smithsonian Butterfly Garden | by Flickr user clio1789

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