When to Look
When to look is just as important as where to look. Luckily for butterfly watchers, there is no need for annoying alarm clocks or early morning departures.
Unlike birds, butterflies are most active during the day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Warm, sunny field days without strong winds are the most rewarding.
Butterflies occur throughout the year in Florida. Even on warm days in the middle of winter, you can still find a few butterflies. This is particularly true in southern portions of the state. For Floridians, spring and fall are often the best times for butterfly viewing.
Summer conditions are good, but hot daytime temperatures, frequent afternoon rain showers and a reduced number of wildflowers can reduce butterfly activity.