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Attract Nature’s Little Fairies – Butterflies

Attract Nature’s Little Fairies – Butterflies

How to Attract Butterflies

Remember that Butterflies are only one stage of a four-part life cycle (metamorphosis) which begins with an egg that becomes a larva (caterpillar), which turns into a pupa (chrysalis) that finally emerges into an exquisite adult flying insect.

• Plants that attract Butterflies in the garden are not just about providing nectar to the adult. They are also used for laying eggs, food for the larvae, and pupating.

• Plant a variety of flowering plant material that Butterflies are attracted to for three seasons.

• Butterflies are attracted to the scents of certain garden plants rather than the flower colour and shape.

• Some crossover plants that will beckon both Butterflies and Hummingbirds are Lilac, Rose of Sharon, Butterflybush, Bee Balm, Lavender, Liatris, Cardinal Flower, and annual Nicotiana.

Attract more nectar feeders: Hummingbirds and Orioles.

• In spring, Butterflies will visit gardens with perennial Candytuft, Primula, Wall Cress, Soapwort, and shrubs such as Bridalwreath Spirea and fragrant varieties of Viburnum.

• Summer offers many delicacies like annual Heliotrope, Alyssum, Cosmos, Lantana, as well as perennial Shasta Daisy, Helen’s Flower, Coneflower, Pincushion Flower, Daylily, Tickseed, Black-eyed Susan, and Butterfly Weed.

• The shrubs, Summersweet, Caryoptens, and Potentilla are also favourite summer destinations.

• For fall, Butterflies will be encouraged to linger before their long migration with Chrysanthemums, Sedums, and Asters.