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Butterfly plants

Plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds

Complete Alphabetical list of plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds
Visiting Butterfly World - Butterflies on January 1st...

Gardening tips and butterfly facts

1. There are approximately 20,000 different species of butterflies, the largest of which is the Queen Alexandra Birdwing with a wingspan of 11 inches.

2. Female butterflies can lay over 1000 eggs during their short lifetime.

3. Butterflies lay their eggs on host plants which usually hatch within a few days, then turning into caterpillars. The caterpillar will then eat until it sheds it's skin several times, called instars, finally emerging from the chrysalis as a beautiful butterfly.

4. Butterflies are born to breed, their goal being to mate and begin the cycle again. Most live only a few days except the Monarch which can live up to six months.

5. Monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico every fall and remain their until spring when they make the return migration.

6. Due to the continuing destruction of the rain forests, where the largest population of butterflies are found, their numbers are dwindling. We encourage you to plant a butterfly garden!!

Source: NaplesButterflies.com

Remember:

  • A sunny, less windy location is best, however, Zebras love to float in the shade of bushes and trees.
  • The more host and nectar plants you have, the more butterflies will be attracted to your garden.
  • Butterflies "puddle". They like a wet sandy area where they congregate and sip minerals and nutrients from the wet sand and water.
  • Rocks to rest and enjoy their beautiful garden, and don't forget a bench or hammock for yourself.

 

 

Butterfly Picture Gallery

 

  Butterflies by Jared Hotchkiss  

 

 

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