Sunday, May 1, 2016

03 - 10 Tips for...


...Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard 

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue


Provide nectar sources from early spring to late fall.
The key to attracting butterflies is nectar, and lots of it. Butterflies that overwinter as adults need nectar sources early in the season, and fall migrants, like monarchs, need plenty of nectar to fuel their long journeys south. It's easy to provide nectar in the summer, when most flowers are in bloom, but does your backyard offer nectar sources in March, or October?

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

Try these 12 easy-to-grow nectar plants for butterflies, many of which bloom late in the season.

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

And while butterfly bush does bloom for a long time and attract a lot of butterflies, keep in mind that it's an exotic, invasive plant that should probably be avoided.

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue



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