Build A Butterfly Garden

Invite butterflies to live their full lifecycle in your garden. Provide host plants for laying eggs and for caterpillar food.

Butterflies lay eggs that hatch in 3-6 days. A caterpillar pupates in 3-4 weeks then in 9-14 days, a new butterfly emerges.

1. Locate your butterfly garden in full sun. Butterflies need sun to warm their bodies to fly.
2. Plant butterfly-attracting flowers that have strong scents and bright colors.
3. Include plants in your garden for butterflies lay their eggs and for emerging caterpillars to eat.

Bright colors and fragrance attract butterflies.

Select native plants and they will attract local butterflies. Watching a butterfly emerge from a chrysalis is reward enough for all the chewed leaves missing in the garden.

Puddling –

By sipping moisture from mud puddles, butterflies take in salts and minerals from the soil. This behavior is called puddling, and is mostly seen in male butterflies. Placing stones in the garden, or shallow bowls filled with sand and water are perfect for puddling.

Herbs attract butterflies and caterpillars.

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3 responses to “Build A Butterfly Garden

  1. I had the caterpillars of the monarch but I neglected to protect them. I think they made a tasty lunch for some bird. Live and learn. I am going to find a mesh basket for them in hopes they will return.

    • Yes that is sad. But part of the life cycle. This is my rule of threes. grow 1 for me , one for friends, one for nature. Maybe you will end up with one of the three.

  2. Wonderful post! What is more lovely than butterflies fluttering about in the garden? Reminds me of Summer…

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