Would you like to have more butterflies visit your yard? If so, provide these four elements.
Provide nectar plants for adults and host plants for their caterpillars to eat. Include different varieties, so there’s always something in bloom. When one variety stops blooming, there should be another beginning to bloom. Choose varieties that have flat-topped blooms or short flower tubes, which allow butterflies to reach the nectar with their proboscis (tongue). Butterflies have color vision and respond best to red, orange, purple, and yellow. The adults feed in the sun, so plant your garden where it will get at least half a day of sun. Native nectar plants for butterflies Native host plants for butterflies
Take care not to use insecticides on or near butterfly plants. Even “natural” products, such as Bt (Bacillus thuringiensi,s), will kill butterflies. Say “no” to pesticides
Put out a shallow saucer of water or a birdbath with flat stones rising slightly above the water level for them to stand on.
3. Mud puddle
The adults of some species like mud, which provides water, as well as minerals they can’t get from nectar. It’s as easy as filling a large saucer with soil and keeping it moist. Mud puddles can be so popular you may see large gatherings there.
4. Basking spots
Adult butterflies are cold-blooded and need the sun to warm their bodies. Place reflective perches, such as large stones, in sunny places. You’ll see them basking with open wings to catch the sun’s rays. All about butterflies
*Top photo: Tiger Swallowtail on Golden Flax. (WW)