Welcome to the NABA Sarasota County Butterfly Club website


  • To study and research the populations of butterflies found in our area.

  • To educate ourselves and the community through shared information, to create butterfly gardens, sanctuaries and habitats, to participate in July 4th butterfly count, and to conduct field trips

  • To have fun

DO YOU FIND BUTTERFLIES INTRIGUING? If so, join us and learn about butterflies and butterfly gardening and enjoy meeting with people who have similar interests. The Sarasota County chapter is an active group that meets monthly at The Sarasota Garden Club located at 1131 Blvd. of the Arts and offers a variety of speakers, field trips and sharing of butterfly gardening experiences. The club has an extensive butterfly garden open to the public. Many of our members have been working with schools and other local organizations in the community, helping to plant butterfly gardens and educating the public on butterfly conservation. Wouldn't you love to join us?

12 Responses to Home

  1. Chad C.Hardy says:

    Was there a native non-migratory population of monarchs in south Florida before tropical milkweed was brought here ?

  2. Lynn Coppage says:

    Bev- I recently photographed a female Horace’s Duskywing nectaring in our garden on lantana. However, we are told many species of Spreadwing Skippers “look alike” and that some skippers in the genera (Erynnis spp.) can’t be distinguished in the field even by the so-called experts.

    Since the only reliable method of telling the sexes apart involves dissection and we want these beauties to visit us again without adding to their inherent risk, please take a look and see if you agree with our amateur identification of this photo.

  3. joyce haynes says:

    We have some butterfly nets and cages used for raising butterflies. We would like to donate them. Also we have some books on butterflies to donate. Should we bring them to the office at the garden?
    Thanks so much, Joyce

    • Beverly says:

      Thank you very much Joyce. Our members are typically working in our garden on Friday mornings. If that is not convenient for you, please email sarasotabutterflyclub@gmail.com to arrange a time that is better for you. We really appreciate it.
      Choose Joy,

  4. Lois C Roller says:

    I would like to have someone help me plan and purchase plants for my butterfly garden that I am planning to start the first of Septemter. Would someone be able to meet me at your suggested plant place at 730 Mytakka Road. I would be happy to send a picture of my yard where I plan to place them if it would help with how many plants I would need and what kind. Thanks in advance for your help/suggestions.

  5. Joy Aussenhofer says:

    Hi. I’m not a member but I have a question. I’m raising Monarchs and I keep the large caterpillars in a large collapsible mesh laundry basket with milkweed obviously. I found a dead caterpillar hanging from a leaf and it started to attract ants. I pulled it out. My question. Is there an essential that I can keep close by the enclosure without killing the pupa? I have a very healthy group this year :). Can anyone help me? I appreciate it.

    • Jackie Fountaine says:

      What do you mean “an essential”? I raise milkweed in pots and put them in a dry aquarium, changing them out as necessary. I have a screen over top. If the caterpillar was hanging, it was either on a plant that had been sprayed, which happened to me when I got one as a gift, and they all died. Or it had a virus and it was a good thing you removed it. The mesh bag should be washed occasionally with a dilute bleach solution, and rinsed.

  6. Cris Caserta says:

    Hi Beverely,

    I would like to join at this time, but not pay online. I will be getting in touch with you. The main purpose of my joining is to get together with like-minded people, visit each others gardens, and sharing information. Do you also have a “Garden Party” at the end of the season? In other words, I like the idea of comaraderie.

    I find gardening in Florida very strenuous. Many of my so-called FL native/friendly plants do not do so well, while more Northern ones thrive.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Cris Caserta

  7. nikki campbell says:

    Hello my name is Nikki Campbell and I work for Children First in Sarasota. We are interested in finding someone who might visit our classroom with caterpillars and butterflies and show our kids about them. if you can or know of someone who will please let us know. thank you so much!!!!

    • Jackie Fountaine says:

      I will contact others in the club who transport caterpillars and butterflies and see about collaborating to come to your class. How old are the children? When is a convenient time to come, morning or afternoon? Do you have any butterfly plants at Children First? Or space to plant donated plants?

  8. Cris Caserta says:

    Dear Staff,

    I am interested in joining your Butterfly Club. I’m presently active in creating butterfly/hummingbird gardens at my home, it’s very challenging for a number
    of reasons. I’d be interested in having the support and cammeraderie of like-
    minded people.


    Cris Caserta

  9. Ladydiash says:

    This is a really interesting and informative content.

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