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This year I have seen Swallowtails, Baltimore Checkerspots and Monarchs. If you want to start your own butterfly garden, you can buy a Buddleja or be fancy and get a lifecycle kit for Monarchs from All A Flutter, a monarch farm near High Point that actually breeds Monarch butterflies. Their lifecycle kits (see here for a description and image) are a combination of two plants with butterfly eggs present. You can see the larvae develop into butterflies and then continue to attract Monarch butterflies using the included milkweed shrub, which is a perennial. Or you can go simple and pick up a Buddleja shrub at your nearest garden center and wait a couple of years until it reaches a good size, then start to enjoy butterflies and all kinds of useful critters visit your garden all summer long. For more information on Buddleja, you can check out Wikipedia here.