Looking for the perfect how to attract butterflies? Look no further. Butterflies are among nature’s best pollinators, and you can help to keep them that way by helping to provide them with their food sources in your backyard. To attract the largest number of butterflies, you must ensure they have access to a wide variety of flowers. This means planting early spring to late fall to attract the widest variety of flowers.
A butterfly garden is really no more than a flower bed. To truly attract butterflies to your garden, you should offer more than just flowers. If you wish for a garden full of fritillary, swallowtail, and butterfly habitats, follow these 10 guidelines for attracting butterflies to your garden.
A variety of different types of caterpillars are present in North America. These caterpillars, however, do not all grow to the same size. To attract a greater variety of butterflies, including both the larger and smaller species, allow the caterpillars to grow on horizontal orientation instead of a vertical one. This will result in a greater likelihood of allowing the butterflies from various species that share the same habitat to reproduce.
If you live in a dry or hot climate, you should consider providing a source of water for the caterpillars. Many different plants will provide this, including herbaceous plants and those that grow better as soil matter and as a food source. Some plants, such as lavender, are best planted at the base of tall trees and allow the butterflies to access them through the summer. At the end of summer, you should report these plants.
If you would like to encourage more butterflies, then there are several things you can do. First, consider planting some flowers that are not normally found in areas where butterflies are common. Examples of these would be lilies, honeysuckle, daisies, sunflowers, hibiscus, etc. In addition to giving plants that are not normally found in areas butterflies tend to enjoy, it is also a good idea to create a butterfly house. A butterfly house is a structure, typically an aluminum building, with a screen door on one side so the wind cannot get inside.
When it comes to the different life stages of butterflies, four are the most important. These are Winter, Summer, Fall, and hibernation. Understanding each of these life stages and what butterflies feed on during each stage is critical when attracting them to your yard. For example, most butterflies feed in the late morning and early afternoon, but the Winter owl primarily feeds in the late evening. More on the importance of each life stage below.
The fourth and final stage of the life cycle of a butterfly is called the nectar stage. For a Winter visitor, this would be the most important time of their life cycle. The best way to attract this stage of the butterfly is to use nectar sources. Hummingbird feeders are excellent nectar sources. Hummingbirds will return to these feeders year after year because they seek to return to their nectar sources.