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Adding the beauty and color of butterflies to the garden can be and enjoyable and rewarding experience. Imagine a tiger swallowtail butterfly flitting through the garden and landing on a daisy, or a monarch flying over to a little lilac bush for a taste of nectar or a European cabbage butterfly taking nectar from an aster blossom. By planting the specific plants that butterflies like, you can attract theses fascinating insects to your garden, like I did. Butterflies add color, movement and beauty to a home garden, and the activities of the many different species are a pleasure to watch. Is is relatively simple to both attract butterflies and have a garden that suits your taste and needs.

Nectar flowers and other favorite butterfly plants comes in many forms--annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, and trees and in colors that range from red to purple to purple to yellow and white. Whichever plants you choose or wherever you live, you're sure to enjoy a wide assortment of butterflies activities in your garden. A successful butterfly garden is one that contains all the sources that the butterflies need for shelter, food, and breeding. Butterflies need sunlight to keep their bodies working effectively, food and water for energy and a place to call home.

You can attract butterflies to your garden by providing them with food (plants and flowers), water, shelter, and places to lay their eggs (host plants). Butterflies drink nectar, so growing nectar-rich flowers will attract butterflies to your garden. Also, when their eggs hatch, the caterpillars eat the foliage of the plant they were laid on, so growing the right type of plants to feed caterpillars is important, since it will allow female butterflies to lay their eggs in your garden.


 


All about butterflies

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Plant your garden in full sun

Plants, especially flowering plants, need sun to make food for themselves, and nectar for butterflies. Butterflies also need sun to warm their bodies for flight.

Plant butterfly-attracting flowers


Butterflies are attracted to flowers with strong scents and bright colors, where they drink sweet, energy-rich nectar. Select plants that are native to your area, and they will attract local butterflies.

Include host plants in your garden


Butterflies lay their eggs on host plants that the emerging caterpillars will eat. The sight of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis will more than make up for the chewed leaves.


Use colorful plants


Butterflies see more colors than humans do. They seem to prefer red, orange, yellow, purple, and dark pink. A large, colorful garden is easy for butterflies to find, and encourages them to stay longer.

Don't use chemical pesticides


Pesticides kill butterflies, caterpillars, and other useful insects. Try these methods instead: Plant marigolds, petunias, mint, and other herbs that naturally repel pests. Encourage ladybugs and dragonflies to dine in your garden. Wash pests away with insecticidal soap.

Learn about native butterflies


Each butterfly has a favorite nectar plant, and needs a specific host plant where it will lay eggs. Learn about local butterflies, so you can provide the right match of plants to make your garden a popular hangout.

Sit back and enjoy your butterflies

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Here I might add an entry whenever I make an update to my web site. Where appropriate, I'll include a link to the change. For example:

06/1/04 - Added new photos to My Photo Page.

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Congratulations! Di's Butterfly Garden- has been reviewed and chosen to bear the 2003-2004 Golden Web Award.

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Congratulations on winning TheButterflySite.com award!

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