Welcome to our backyard!

We are located in Hillsborough, North Carolina. We serve the greater piedmont region of North Carolina by providing butterfly education, community outreach, and assistance with creating supportive habitats.


We offer customizable classes, workshops, presentations, and butterfly walks for homeschoolers, educators, and organizations.

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Have us participate at your public event or give a presentation to your group or organization!

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We have a selection of butterfly host and nectar plants April through September to assist you in creating a backyard habitat or butterfly garden.

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Our Mission

To provide education, engage our community, and create backyard habitats.

Artwork by Beverly Overby Dyer

Additional ways we fulfill our mission


We enjoy working with local businesses and organizations within our greater community.

Caterpillar Support

Need more host plant? We offer foster and temporary care of caterpillars, too!

Citizen Science

We encourage participation in projects such as NABA butterfly counts and Monarch tagging.

Who We Are

Backyard Butterflies was found in April 2018 by  L. M. Carlson and John F. Jarvis. We are incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the state of North Carolina. We are in the process of applying for federal tax exempt status as an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

L. M. Carlson


L. M. conducts the Education and Community Outreach aspects of Backyard Butterflies. They enjoy both the Light and Dark Side of Lepidoptera. During they day they enjoying photographing butterflies and insects. At night they fire up special lights to photograph moths drawn to a collecting sheet.

John F. Jarvis


John manages the Backyard Habitat aspect of our mission. He tends to all habitat maintenance and plant propagation. He records butterfly sightings in the yard while working in the habitat. He has been patiently waiting to have a Zebra Swallowtail lay eggs on the collection of paw paw trees he first planted in 2013.