Tips on How To Make Your Backyard A Butterfly Haven!™
Tips on How to Make Your Backyard a Butterfly Haven™!!
There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in a chair or swing on your patio, deck, or porch and watching butterflies make a graceful trip around your yard. Even in today’s hectic times, all “seems at peace and as the Lord intended”, as a butterfly pauses to sip some nectar or relax on a warm rock. In this section we will discuss ways to encourage butterflies to visit and stay with you!!
Without a doubt, the number one thing you have to do is quit using chemical pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides.
One thing people often forget is it’s important to provide “Host Plants”, not just “nectar sources”. By providing host plants, you can watch the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into an adult butterfly. Besides host plants, you will need nectar plants that bloom from the start of the season to late summer and fall.HOST PLANTS
Wild Columbine, Lance Leaf Coreopsis, Rose Verbena, New England Aster,Button Bush,
Swamp & Whorled Milkweed, Butterfly Weed: Orange, Purple Missouri, and Sweet Coneflowers.
Blue Lobelia, Cardinal Flower, Prairie Blazing Star, Joe Pye Weed.
Remember to provide butterflies a place to warm in the sun. Also put out slices of banana. Fruit flies come to the banana and butterflies consume them for protein and minerals. Put out a slice of watermelon or overly ripe fruit and you will be amazed at all the butterflies that stop by for a light lunch.
Place the fruit on a dish, leaf or small log. While you are at it also remember to give Butterflies a place to sip water.
How to make this simple Waterless Pond
Supplies: 5 lb. bag of quarter size heat absorbing rock (flint)
Black landscaping plastic
Elemental saltsDirections: Clean a small area of your yard of all grass and weeds. Smooth your underlying dirt and draw a simple design in the dirt for the shape of your Waterless Pond. Perhaps in the shape of a Butterfly would be nice. Place a layer of plastic over your design and extend past the outer edges by 3” all around. Place your heat absorbing rocks on their sides, add sand and salts, mist the area well and keep moist to further attract your butterflies. A beautiful sight is to see multiple butterflies drawing in water with their proboscis while their wings are straight up in the air.