Sunday, May 8, 2016

05 - 10 Tips for...


...Attracting Butterflies to Your Backyard

Melitaea athalia, Mélitée du mélampyre ou Damier Athalie, Heath Fritillary

Plant flowers in masses
Butterflies are rather nearsighted. Once they get within 10-12 feet of an object, they can see it quite well, but at a distance most things appear blurred. Butterflies are quite good at discriminating colors, and can even see reds (unlike bees, which cannot). What does this mean for your butterfly habitat? To attract the most butterflies, you should plant your nectar plants in masses. Large areas of the same color will be easier for the butterflies to 
see from a distance, and will encourage them to come in for a closer look.


Melitaea athalia, Mélitée du mélampyre ou Damier Athalie, Heath Fritillary


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