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Quiz: Hummingbird and Butterfly Plants

Updated on December 26, 2014
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Since the mid-1980s Yvonne has maintained a registered NWF backyard wildlife habitat where a variety of birds, insects and frogs abound.

Female ruby-throat and blue lobelia in fall. Lobelias are used by hummers and butterflies.
Female ruby-throat and blue lobelia in fall. Lobelias are used by hummers and butterflies.

What plants are preferred by Butterflies and Hummingbirds?

Okay, are all you hummingbird and butterfly gardeners ready for a quiz about your favorite subject... Plants?

If you think you are, then go ahead and take the quiz. If not, then study the rest of the lens. It will help you some, but won't give you all of the answers.

Even if you're not a gardener, go ahead and give it a shot. A lot of the questions could be answered by a fifth grade student that was good in science. We all know you're smarter than a fifth grader.

Hummingbird and Butterfly Plants Quiz


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Sulphur on Salvia

Salvia coccinea can be red, coral pink or white and is used by both butterflies and hummers.
Salvia coccinea can be red, coral pink or white and is used by both butterflies and hummers. | Source

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Ruby-throat Sips

Small red morning glory is an annual. There are two species, one is native and the other introduced. Both are rich with nectar.
Small red morning glory is an annual. There are two species, one is native and the other introduced. Both are rich with nectar. | Source

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds prefer (mostly) red tubular flowers that are filled with rich nectar. It's best to plant them in large groups. Some of the flowers in our garden that hummingbirds like are members of the Salvia family, Honeysuckle, Bottlebrush, Taiwan Cherry, Redbud, Firebush (Hamellia patens), Mexican Cigar, Indian Pink, Manettias, Lobelias, Vervain and Hibiscus, to mention a few.

Fall Ruby-Throat

The orange flowers of Cape honeysuckle an introduced type of trumpet vine attracts both birds and insects.
The orange flowers of Cape honeysuckle an introduced type of trumpet vine attracts both birds and insects.

Hummingbird Gardens

Hummingbird Gardens
Hummingbird Gardens

This guide to creating a haven for hummingbirds details the habits and habitats of the winged jewels. Charts of plant lists for every region are given. The book is well illustrated, too.

 

Swallowtail and Tithonia

Tithonia, also called Mexican flower, is a lovely annual prized in the butterfly garden.
Tithonia, also called Mexican flower, is a lovely annual prized in the butterfly garden. | Source

Butteflies

Butterflies need two things from plants. Flowers to drink from and leaves on which to lay their eggs. Butterflies like composite flowers and do not require as much nectar as hummingbirds. They will use most of the flowers that Hummingbirds use, but not vice versa.

Each type of butterfly requires a special plant for their larvae to feed on. Giant Swallowtails use Citrus Trees. Gulf Fritillary lay their eggs on Passion Flower vine. Monarch caterpillars feeds on the many members of the Milkweed family.

Fritillary and Passionvine

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Gulf Fritillary Laying

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Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds

Jamaican Vervain (shown below) is a tropical flowering shrub that is used by hummingbirds, butterflies and moths. It needs to be protected from freezing. If you have a sheltered place or live in zone 9 this plant will grow quite large and will even reseed. You can also take cuttings and root them in a greenhouse during the winter, if you have freezing weather regularly.

Giant Swallowtail on Jamaican Vervain

Monarch on Lantana

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© 2010 Yvonne L. B.

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Tough quiz but I learned a lot.

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens in content and photos. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A delightfully presented teaching quiz on the needs of our jewels of the air!

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      I got seven right, not too bad since it's been a while since I had a hummingbird and butterfly garden. These is nothing better. Angel blessed.

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks for the comments. I'd love to see the hummers in Colorado... maybe some day.

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      Enjoyed this lens and the quiz. I have more than 50 hummers at the moment. Later in the season, I will have even more. They thrive here in the high desert and mountains of Colorado. Your photos are lovely. :-)

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I only did fair....but great information on butterflies and hummingbirds. The pictures are awesome.

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      The Afrikan 7 years ago

      nice quiz, i got 60% :)

      i remembered the answer to #6 from elementary school- we always studied monarch butterflies :P

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      Sami4u LM 7 years ago

      Hi,

      I am a huge fan of Butterflies. I have also seen a hummingbird feeder but never had one. To the answer of your question the quiz was hard, But only because I don't know any thing about hummingbirds.

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      Vicki Green 7 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      Beautiful photos! The quiz was great - just difficult enough to be a challenge. I must admit I didn't get the right answer on all.

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      missbat 7 years ago

      This is the first year I've had hummingbirds. I planted "Firecracker" Mexican heather on my balcony and I had a female who claimed my window boxes for her feeding grounds. What a fun quiz, I learned a lot! Thanks!

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Beautiful and educational lens...while I didn't do very well on the quiz...I still learned something :o) Thanks