Butterflies

Monarch butterfly © Liana Jackson
Monarch butterfly © Liana Jackson

From 1986 to 1990, hundreds of volunteer butterfly enthusiasts spent thousands of hours in the field in an effort to record the distribution of Massachusetts butterflies-the first systematic statewide butterfly atlas to be undertaken in North America. The result was the most detailed summary of the spatial and seasonal distribution of Massachusetts butterflies ever compiled. Learn More

Butterflies occupy a happy spot in the human psyche. Only our most exuberant songbirds are as closely identified with the warm, colorful passion of summer. We tend to think of butterflies—quite rightly—as inhabitants of sunny meadows filled with wildflowers. Learn More