Butterflies in your garden

Butterfly Nature Flower Insect Close Up OuThe best way to do this is to provide butterflies with an assortment of plants that are attractive to butterflies indigenous to your region. Don’t just visit your local Raccoon Removal Austin big-box retailer and buy anything with the word”butterfly” in it. Do some basic research on your own, which is quite easy to do online, and you will fare much better.

The first thing you need to do is assess what sort of environment you might have. Is your yard wooded, or largely a garden type? Some butterflies will only visit a certain type of environment, and regardless of what plants you have, they will not go to them if they are not in the right location.

The next step is to do an internet search for your county or city, and see what butterflies are commonly found there. Once you do that, cross-reference that info with the sort of environment you have (woody, garden, etc.. .) . Most often times lists like that will also list the host plant of the butterfly, but if not, you can look for this too.

Butterflies use two varieties of plants – a host plant, and a nectar plant. A host plant is the sort of plant that they will lay their eggs on. The nectar plant is a type of plant that the adult butterflies will feed off of. Normally butterflies will have a wide assortment of nectar plants from which they will feed, but only 1 host plant that they’ll use to deposit their eggs. The monarch butterfly, as an example, will feed off of many different type of nectar plants (lantana, periwinkle, pentas, etc.. .) But only have a single host plant, which is the milkweed. The monarch butterfly is only going to lay their eggs on a milkweed plant, because that’s the only plant which their larvae (caterpillars) can consume.

To draw the most butterflies to your yard, you may have a variety of nectar plants, but it is most important to have the host plants. You’ll discover, by planting many of the host plants together, you will draw a great deal of that species of butterfly.

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