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4 Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Updated on November 28, 2011

Attracting Butterflies

4 Ways to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

If you would like to fill your garden with, and enjoy the beauty of butterflies, there are 4 simple steps to take. Flowers are most important and the more varied the type of flowers, the more varied the amount of butterflies you will attract.

At last count, there were more than 24,000 different types of butterflies worldwide. The size of a butterfly can range from about 1/8 of an inch to about 12 inches. Life for the butterfly begins as a caterpillar and surprisingly, you can even buy butterfly kits and start your own butterflies.

Create the type of garden butterflies will visit by:

1 - Planting the right flowers - Zinnias are considered butterfly magnets. They will provide a steady food supply of nectar that caters to butterflies. One popular zinnia for butterflies is known as "Profusion Orange." You can start attracting early on - by providing for caterpillars - with particular plants such as nettles, violets, passion vines and milkweed. Mature butterflies will enjoy daisies, marigolds, and as listed above, zinnias.

2 - Providing a resting place - As a child, how often I have noticed butterflies resting. It didn't occur to me at the time that they were, in fact, resting, but butterflies do like to relax and bask in the sun after enjoying a meal. Provide bricks or stones where they can rest and enjoy the warmth.

3 - Create a tiny pond - Butterflies need water and also like to rest after drinking water. A small pond can be as simple as providing a wide bowl or pan. Add a resting place here too such as a brick, stone or branch. Now the butterflies can enjoy water and rest as well.

4 Pick the right location - A sunny place is ideal provided that it is away from wind. Fencing or bushes can reduce the wind and provide shelter. This is where you can put stones for resting and warmth as well as a tiny pond, basin, bowl or pan.

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    • TheListLady profile image

      TheListLady 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much moonlake! I'm looking forward to seeing butterflies again. There is something so stress-relieving about seeing them. I get so excited!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Great ideas. I'm hoping we will get a small pond in this year. We have the flowers and the butterflies they are often in the puddles from our hose doing their puddling thing. It's fun to watch. Voted up.


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      TheListLady 5 years ago from New York City

      I remember as a child what a thrill it was to see a butterfly - even now I get soooo excited. Thanks for writing MarleneB - I am your loyal fan now!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      I didn't know we could buy butterfly kits! That's so cool. I love your list. It is quite informative and helpful. I now know how to attract butterflies and give them a place to rest. I never thought about giving them a place to rest. But it makes perfect sense. Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I love butterflies, and a garden full of butterflies is so tranquil. What great tips to keep in mind.

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      alexandriaruthk 7 years ago from US

      butterflies are always colorful and they are a joy to look at always, Thanks again my dear!

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like butterfly, the beautiful animal. And I found something useful that we can use to attract butterfly. I think it work! Thank you very much for this information. Thumbs up for you and I rate this.


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      GreenThumbLady 7 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      Oh this is just beautiful! I think I would have more butterflies in my yard resting if the dogs didn't constantly chase them. lol Such beautiful fluttering creatures! Definitely rated this hub up and becoming a fan!!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is so wonderful! I love butterflies! One landed on me a couple weeks ago and I swear I'm still feeling an energy from it. I'm linking this to my garden hub! Wonderful hub and rated up for sure!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is just so lovely - we all love butterflies. I don't have a garden at the moment but my lovely daughter in law does - and she loves that I love gardening. We will certainly work on this and I will share it with her.

      Did not know you can grow your own butterflies - wow! Rated up and more.

      Thanks, I'm a follower now!