Butterflies are not only beautiful, they also play several important roles in local ecosystems. Many adult butterflies contribute to pollination, while both adults and caterpillars are major food sources for birds and other wildlife. Like all... read more
Plant plenty of nectar-bearing flowers and bushes they like. Butterfly Bush (Buddleiea davidii) being an obvious choice.
And make sure you have plants that the butterflies use as food for their caterpillars. Depending where you are there are various species that are worth growing. In sub-tropical and tropical countries where the Monarch butterfly lives plant any species of Milkweed or the Swan Plant. Butterflies like to sip nectar from flowers in this family too. For White butterflies plant Nasturtiums. For butterflies in the Browns family such as the Meadow Brown and Speckled Wood leave patches of long grass, and for Small Tortoiseshells, Peacocks and Red Admirals have a patch of Stinging Nettles. The Comma and Painted Lady will also use Nettles as a foodplant.
Painted Ladies also like Thistles, species of Mallow and the Hollyhock.
Many species of Blue butterfly need clover and trefoil species to feed their caterpillars and can survive on lawns as long as they contain these plants and are not mowed too short.
have a look and see what species of butterfly live in your area and then have a look on a website or in a book to find out what plants they need and plant these in your garden.
The very best way to attract butterflies is to plant their favorite nectar plants. I do this by planting Zinnias. I have never seen them fail to attract butterflies. I have a lot of other ideas for attracting butterflies on my site http://my-butterfly-garden.com
by Faith Reaper 4 years ago
What are the best plants to attract butterflies?I would love to have my whole yard, or at least my backyard, full of plants/bushes that attract butterflies for my grandchildren's enjoyment, and mine, when they are visiting. What are the best butterfly attracting plants for the south?
by Paula 6 years ago
Do you get any caterpillars in your garden, and if so, what kind?I love to do butterfly gardening, and one big part of that is attracting butterflies to lay their eggs on on host plants. Do you find that you get caterpillars of any kind, whether you try to or not? What do they look like...
by David Stillwell 7 years ago
If you were flower what kind of flower would you be?If you were a flower what kind would you be? Judge yourself by your personality. Are you grumpy??? do you have thorns, etc. Would you attract butterflies or flies?
by RKHenry 7 years ago
How to build a butterfly garden?
by Marla Rose 6 years ago
What makes butterflies the prettiest insects around? Is it their delicate nature or their exotic colors? Or perhaps something else...
by Myn Is Me 6 years ago
What is the difference between moths and butterflies?Butterflies and moths are fairly similar, but what are the things that make them so different from each other?
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