Types of Butterflies

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Attracting Butterflies

Milkweed (Asclepias) is the only host flower for Monarch butterflies and they cannot survive without it. Milkweed is the only plant Monarch caterpillars will eat and the only plant Monarchs will lay their eggs on.

By planting Milkweed you are helping other pollinators too, as it provides a valuable nectar source for bees and other butterflies.

Puddling

Butterflies can get water from nectar plants, but need a wet sandy place to obtain the minerals they require. This process is referred to as “puddling.” Having a rock or flat stone around the sand provides a landing spot for butterflies and also a place for them to stop spread their wings and recharge.

Lifecycle of Butterflies

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Butterfly Habitats and Migration Patterns

Create a habitat in an open space protected from mowers and pesticides. Natural weed removal without the use of insecticides or herbicides is necessary.

Plant native Milkweed and other nectar-rich flowers. Select flowers that will bloom at different times to help with butterfly breeding and migration and provide beautiful flowers all season-long.

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