Tuesday, May 3, 2016

04 - 10 Tips for...

...Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard 

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

Plant a diversity of flowers

Butterflies are diverse creatures, and they require diverse sources of food. Large butterflies, like swallowtails and monarchs, prefer large, flat flowers that give them a good-sized landing area. Smaller butterflies, such as hairstreaks, coppers, and metalmarks, have shorter proboscises. They won't be able to drink from the deep nectaries of large flowers. When choosing flowers for your butterfly garden, try to pick a variety of flower shapes, colors, and sizes to meet the needs of different butterflies.

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

Plants with clusters of smaller flowers (milkweeds, for example) will attract butterflies of all sizes.

Polyommatus Icarus, Argus Bleu , Common Blue

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