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What's the best way to attract butterflies?

  1. RKHenry profile image77
    RKHenryposted 9 years ago

    What's the best way to attract butterflies?

  2. kerryg profile image87
    kerrygposted 9 years ago

    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

  3. Bard of Ely profile image85
    Bard of Elyposted 8 years ago

    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.

  4. live2garden profile image60
    live2gardenposted 8 years ago

    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