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Attracting Butterflies To Your Garden

Updated on September 20, 2017

Butterfly Facts For Your Garden

Butterfly Information

When creating a butterfly garden you need to know where it should be located, have a good water source and so much more. You'll find ideas and step by step information here to help get you started. They are designed to stimulate your creative side and get you started on your way to creating a beautiful butterfly garden.

Before you begin a butterfly garden, find out which species of butterflies are in your area. You can simply go outside, walk around in your area and see which butterfly you spy in your area. If you have children, play the "I Spy Game" which is always fun. After you have made a list of your butterfly species, you can plan what you will need for your butterfly garden. Be sure and find out what these particular species of butterflies use for nectar, food plants, water, be their friends and keep them safe while they visit. If you are looking for some beautiful butterfly art you can find it down below.



Green Earth Butterfly Kit - Collecting Butterflies

Encourage your children to do "buggy" things in your backyard. They can learn a lot about nature, just by being outside. Small children love to catch things and then observe them. So this is a great kit for catching butterflies, so your children can observe them. Great lessons to learn.

Butterfly on Pink Flower
Butterfly on Pink Flower

Tips For Attracting Butterlfies

Gardening Know How


Want beautiful butterflies in your garden? Make your garden butterfly friendly.

Butterfly gardening is growing flowers and plants to attract colorful beautiful butterflies to your garden.The design of your butterfly garden is your personal preference.

First consider the size of your garden and which flowers and plants you want to grow, make sure the butterflies will like them too. It is important to find out which plants and flowers will attract the species of butterflies that live in your area. This information can be found at your local library.

Butterflies will come to your garden if you make sure your garden fills the needs of the butterflies and their larva.

Black and Yellow Butterfly
Black and Yellow Butterfly

Top 5 Butterfly Garden Must Haves

How To Attract Butterflies To Your Garden

Information to attract those beautiful butterflies to your garden!

Sunlight

Put your butterfly garden in a sunny location. This will warm a butterflies wing muscles allowing them to fly. Remember butterflies are cold blooded insects....keep them warm.

Sheltered Areas

Make sure your butterfly garden is in a quiet place, offer some butterfly houses and shelter from strong winds, rain and your cats.

Butterflies and Water

I know that some information you look up about butterflies and water might differ. I have read about bird feeders to supply water to butterflies that is "good enough". Wrong!! I found out a butterfly can't drink from an open water source.

To make sure the butterflies can get water from your garden you must have some kind of wet mud, earth or sand. Find a container you can sink into the ground, fill with mud and add some kind of twig or rocks for them to perch on.

Butterfly Food Plants

For butterfly larva to eat, they need plants that include elm, fennel, blood flower, passion flower, milkweed, senna and wild cherry. So if you want a butterfly garden....make sure the larva survive.

Butterfly Nectar Plants

I learned that there is conflicting information about this also. I will try to clear this up for you. Some research indicates that colors don't matter but they do. Butterflies are attracted to "hot" colors. Include hot colors in your garden like Yellow, orange, red and purple.

Butterfly nectar plants that are best for your butterfly garden will be azaleas, butterfly bushes, Mexican sunflowers, New England aster, verbena and lovely yellow cosmos.

Some butterflies will will eat rotting fruits, stale beer and sugar or honey water.

When providing butterflies with flowers, make sure they have some kind of platform to perch on while they are extracting the nectar with their proboscis. Simple flowers are best for this.

Try to supply, from Spring to Fall, some kind of flowers that have a "succession" of blooms for the entire season.

Take Care Of The Butterflies - Gardening Accessories

Keeping the butterflies in your garden, once they get there will be ongoing. Take care of what you are building in your garden and the pay off will be beautiful butterflies!

If you have taken the time to stop by, please leave comments and opinions, I love to hear from you!

Do you love butterflies? Share with us, any ideas or steps that help make our gardens beautiful!

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      flycatcherrr 4 years ago

      One of the garden sights I most look forward to each year is when the lilacs bloom and all these lovely yellow-and-black Tiger Swallowtails come to visit the flowers. It is, indeed, very restorative to the spirit. :)

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens and photos! We have many plants in our garden that attract butterflies. Love watching them...great stress reliever.

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      Barbara 4 years ago from USA

      @MBurgess: I hope you do come back, I'm adding some butterfly favorites here. Thanks for you critique, I'm making changes right now.

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      Maria Burgess 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I didn't know some of these facts about butterflies! I enjoyed reading your lens today. I will check back when I decide to go for butterfly flowers in my container garden.

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I love butterflies and have a large buddleia to tempt them into my garden, but our summers haven't been great for the last 3 years or so. I'm still waiting to see my buddleia covered with butterflies.

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I love butterflies. Thanks for the tips!

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      I do love butterflies. I have feeders for hummingbirds and plant flowers for butterflies. They are both so beautiful flitting around the yard.TonyB

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      Kay 5 years ago

      We plan on planting butterfly - friendly foliage this year. Great tips. Thank you!

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      Kay 5 years ago

      We plan on planting butterfly - friendly foliage this year. Great tips. Thank you!

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      funbee lm 5 years ago

      Butterflies are yet another blessing in nature!

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Beautifully done!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens.:D

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      jaclinart lm 5 years ago

      I love butterflies but don't see them very often in our yard. A local museum has a live butterfly exhibit once a year that is great. You can go into an enclosed garden area and walk around while the butterflies fly all over the place.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We love butterflies and see them daily in our garden.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      We love butterflies and see them daily in our garden.

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      Nice lens, thanks for sharing!

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      WaynesWorld LM 5 years ago

      Butterflies are awesome! You might check out butterfly houses http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=searc...

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      Wandering about Squidoo-land did I unexpectedly spy;This wonderful lens about the life and needs of a butterfly.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      As an avid gardener, I am always looking for new suggestions. This lens is very pretty and informative. Angel blessings.

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      7thStone 5 years ago

      Happy Butterfly Day! Thanks for posting information on how to draw these lovely and colorful visitors to our gardens.

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      livinglargeandh 5 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I have made a half-effort to make a butterfly garden; you have condensed the information so that I have it all and am ready to do it right this year! :-)

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      Barbara 5 years ago from USA

      @sousababy: The photo credit got messed up with the Amazon product, I'm not sure why this happened but the photo credit is there. Thank You for stopping by and the suggestion, appreciated.

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      sousababy 5 years ago

      You have a nice lens . . add in your photo attributions (might help).

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      jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

      Swell Lens!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We want to try doing this in our garden.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Midwest

      Yes so much i also did a lens on the most beautiful ones. I love your lenses on the butterflies and dragons also what attracts butterflies in your garden. nice lens

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Yes, I love butterflies, and it was such a great experience to see one of them growing in my house, last winter (a caterpillar found a warm place and transformed into a butterfly too soon)!I love your lens too :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just think butterflies are one of God's greatest creations. Whenever I see one or several , I just feel a so delighted by them. There is a certain peace and tranquility that they provide to the mind. BEAUTIFUL LENS!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love butterflies. In fact I volunteer at The Butterfly House in St. Louis. Blessed and lensrolled to my butterfly lenses.

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      DebinSC 6 years ago

      Oh yes! Great lens with so much good info. Lensrolled it. :)

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      You bet I do! We study the native species of our region and the food they desire/need - then we encourage those plants and we have a pond, which is important, I believe.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love butterflies and have a butterfly garden of my own! Such great facts, thanks for sharing! Lensrolled this to my All About Monarch Butterflies lens!