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Best Tips for Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard

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To draw butterflies to your yard you need to provide for all stages of their life from egg to adult. These 20 tips will get you there. Enjoy them. note: many of the same flowers that attract butterflies also attract hummingbirds.

Rated 4 points - posted 9 years ago by amelco7 in category Home.
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Plant native flowering plants Report Abuse
local plants and butterflies depend on one another
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Plant flowers that are red, yellow, orange, pink, and purple Report Abuse
adult butterflies prefer these colors
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Plant flowers that have short nectar tubes Report Abuse
When the butterfly 'feet" taste sweetness, the proboscis must uncoil to feed. Short flower tubes allow them to reach the nectar with their proboscis
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Provide a brightly colored butterfly house Report Abuse
this gives them a place to rest and find shelter from the elements and predators
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Provide a place to lay eggs Report Abuse
They must lay eggs on the preferred larval food source
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Provide a place to form a chrysalis (cocoon) Report Abuse
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Provide flowers with nectar for the adult Report Abuse
all stages of the life cycle need care.
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Plant flowers that are flat topped or clustered Report Abuse
This makes the nectar easier to find
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Plant for continuous bloom Report Abuse
Plant so when one flower quits blooming, another begins. Most butterflies only live a few days and need to have nectar available during whatever time they become adults
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Don't use insecticides Report Abuse
they all kill butterflies in the larval stage
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Place some flat stones in a sunny location in the garden Report Abuse
This provides a place for butterflies to rest, warm their wings in the sun to regulate their tempurature and to get oriented.
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Give them a puddle Report Abuse
Butterflies like to drink and extract minerals from wet sand. Put a shallow pan of course wet sand in the garden. Keep it moist.
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Avoid non native plants that can be mistaken for their egg laying plants Report Abuse
Laying their eggs on the wrong plant could prove fatal to larva
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Plant in containers if you have no garden area. Report Abuse
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Plant a diversity of plants Report Abuse
each species has their favorites
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Discover your desired butterflies' preferred food and plant those Report Abuse
Most species of butterfly larva feed on only one or two plants
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Place the butterfly house near a source of moisture Report Abuse
This will make it easier for them to investigate and choose to stay.
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Provide appropriate food for the larva (caterpillar) Report Abuse
each species has a few or one favorite. few butterfly caterpillars are destructive to the plants
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Plant the garden in the sun Report Abuse
few species will feed in the shade.
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Place your butterfly plants in groupings Report Abuse
this makes it easier for them to locate them
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