Butterflies have always been depicted as symbols of awe-inspiring beauty. Few animal species have evoked such strong feelings of peace and happiness in the human heart. In addition, to the esoteric and aesthetic qualities of butterflies, they are also significant plant pollinators, an important link in the food chain.
Despite all of these characteristics, butterfly habitat is declining due to land development and widespread use of pesticides. Some North American species have already become extinct. Many more are listed as Threatened or Endangered Species. For this reason, creating your own Butterfly Garden, can be an important tactic in stopping the decline of these enchanting creatures.
Butterflies need a complete habitat for all life cycle stages to survive.
These are the basic components of their habitat:
Finding the right place.
Evaluate your yard for sun, shade and water availability for plants.
Choose the plants.
Become familiar with plants butterflies like.
They are attracted to the flowers by color and fragrance.
Planning the garden.
Begin by drawing up what is called a “bubble diagram.” Place the plants according to sun/shade requirements and heights, tall in back and around sides with shorter plants towards the front.
Arrange in clumps.
Intersperse early bloomers with late bloomers to avoid flowerless spots.
Don’t forget to water.
Since butterflies can’t drink from open water, mud puddles should be created to satisfy their need for moisture.
Now you’re ready to plant!
Avoid using herbicides and insecticides.
It may take some time for them to find your garden, so be patient.
Written by: 50 Plus Report Team