Butterflies. So colorful. What a wonderful addition for your garden!
They are not only pretty, they are also very useful for nectar-bearing plants. If you want to have some of these beauties in your garden, you have to make the place more attractive for them, which involves providing all the necessary plants and protection a butterfly may need. Bear in mind that it is not only about attracting the insects, you also have to do what it takes to make them stay or come back every day.
So what do butterflies actually need? A warm place where they could feed on, lay eggs, and nectar-bearing plants for adults.
Here we have provided a list of the things you can do in order to make your garden more appealing to butterflies.
Have a look at the tips:
Use native flowering plants
Some of the native plants and butterflies are very dependable on each other since they have evolved together over time. For this reason, you have to plant native flowers in your garden if you want to make butterflies come to it.
Here are some flowers that attract butterflies:
· Butterfly bush
· Sweet pea
· Ornamental thistles
It’s all about colors
One of the things that is appealing to the beautiful insects are colors. The more you have in your garden, the higher the chance to make butterflies come. The most preferred colors are orange, yellow, red, purple and pink.
Let the sunshine in
Your garden has to be in a sunny place and protected by the winds. Sun is an essential part here as butterflies need it to warm themselves. Since they are light, wind will prevent them from staying on a flower and they will certainly avoid that place as they will not be willing to fight against it.
Another thing you can do is to place stones in your garden. Lit by the sun, they will provide butterflies with a warm place to rest their wings.
Surprisingly or not, water is important for butterflies just like it is important for human beings. It is a good idea to have a mud puddle somewhere around the garden. A bucket filled with moist sand will make do as well.
Forget about pesticides
No butterfly will love the idea of visiting a garden if it is applied with pesticides. So stay away from it. Insecticides such as diazinon, Sevin and malathion will simply kill the insects.
So if you follow these easy steps, more butterflies are going to visit your garden tomorrow. If you would like to plant the flowers that will be most appealing or you want to attract a certain type of butterflies, then you need a list of plants and butterflies that depend on them. Here we provide such a list. Take a look at it as well.
Check out a list of some of the butterflies and the plants they eat:
Acmon Blue – lupines, milkvetch, buckwhea
American Painted Lady – everlast, cudweed
Black Swallowtail – fennel, parsley, common rue
Coral Hairstreak – chickasaw plum, black chokeberry, wild black cherry
Baird’s Swallowtail – dragon sagebrush
Dun Skipper – sedges, grasses including purpletop
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – tulip treewild black cherry, ash, willow, sweetbay, basswood
Henry’s Elfin – maple-leaved viburnum, redbud, yaupon hollies, blueberries
Giant Swallowtail – gas plant, p common rue, rickly ash, citrus, hoptree, torchwood
Gray Comma – azalea, elm, gooseberry
Gulf Fritillary – passion vines, maypops
Monarch – milkweeds
So now that you are familiar with the ways to attract butterflies in your garden, are you ready to welcome the insects?