There are some insects that you want to have around. And butterflies are at the top of the list of good insects. Not only are they fun and beautiful to watch, but they’re also quite helpful to the ecosystem. Like bees, birds, and bats, butterflies are natural pollinators, meaning they help plants reproduce.
While we like to talk about insects that are mean, dangerous, or destructive (and how to get rid of them), there’s one insect that homeowners often want to attract. We’re talking about butterflies, of course. You may be surprised to learn that there are more than 150 species of butterflies in Maryland! They are quite beautiful, but are butterflies only something pretty to look at, or do they play a role in our ecosystem? And are there any dangerous species?