Butterflies just flit and flutter along through their lives, this article will teach gardeners how to create the perfect environment for butterfly gardens, the right way.These creatures are magnificent with their lighter-than-air appearance. With the right know how, you can successfully attract butterflies right to your yard, so that you can enjoy them in all their glory. It only takes knowing which plants that caterpillars and adult butterflies like to feed on, and then planting them in a special area to make a butterfly garden.
first step in making a butterfly garden is researching into which butterflies frequent your area. This will allow you to look up which plants these particular species of butterflies are attracted to for feeding and laying their eggs amongst them. This information is readily available on the Internet for you particular state. Research into which specific butterflies you would like to visit your yard, and narrow down exactly which flowers and plants to cultivate.
How to Determine the Size of Your Butterfly GardenYour garden geared toward attracting butterflies does not have to be that large. If a window box is the only space you have, this will do nicely. You can also have a grouping of plants, somewhere in your yard or even near those woods, in an area you never cleared. Next, all you need to do is figure out, how much space you want to designate for butterflies.
You need to plant host plants for the caterpillars that emerge, from the eggs the butterflies will lay on them. These plants will be the food for the young caterpillars to grow on until they spin cocoons and emerge from them as beautiful butterflies. The butterflies search out just the right plants for laying their eggs on, because without the right ones, the caterpillars will not eat them and die, as a result. These are important plants, because this allows the butterflies to breed in your yard, instead of just visitors.
Why are Nectar Planting Tasks Important, in the Scientific Process of Undergoing Attraction from Plants to Butterflies?
After the caterpillars emerge from their cocoons as butterflies, the butterflies will need nectar for their food source. This is where nectar-producing plants come in with your butterfly garden. Without these plants, the emerging butterflies would go in search of them and leave your yard. The nectar plants, as with the host plants must match the butterflies species, you wish to attract to your butterfly garden.
How to Layout Your Butterfly Garden
You can really just mix the host and nectar plants together, if you so choose. The nectar plants can help to camouflage the host plants, which are eaten on so much they may not always be attractive to look at for you. You could also group the host plants behind the nectar plants for the same results.
Below you will find some host plants and their corresponding caterpillars:
- Host Plant Species: Common Corresponding Caterpillar + Plant Combinations
- Fennel- Black Swallowtail
- Hollyhock - Checkered Skipper
- Milkweed - Monarch
- Nettle - Question Mark
Below are some nectar plants and their corresponding butterflies species:
- Nectar Plant Species: Common Corresponding Butterfly + Plant Combinations
- Butterfly Bush - Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
- Catnip - Cabbage White
- Cosmos - Orange Sulphur
- Dogbane - Dun Skipper
As you can see, the above is just a small sampling, to give you an idea of some of the plants to use to attract butterflies.
- You still have to research for your particular area of the country, before proceeding with your butterfly garden.
- When done correctly your garden will attract stunning and exotic butterflies for years to come.
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