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Butterfly Gardening Books: (Will link you to Amazon.com)

 

Stokes Butterfly Book: The Complete Guide to Butterfly Gardening, Identification, and Behavior

Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden

Gardening with Native Wild Flowers

Taylor's Weekend Gardening Guide to Attracting Birds and Butterflies

Butterfly Gardening for the South

A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies...

Peterson First Guide to Caterpillars of North America

 

 

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The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It: The Complete Back-To-Basics Guide 

 

Butterfly Gardening Information

There are quite a variety of web sites that discuss butterfly gardening and attracting butterflies, so see the links section below for a few of the best ones.  I mainly want to narrow down the huge lists of butterfly attracting plants that are out there.  Adult butterflies often eat one food source, while their caterpillars eat something else, so I broke it down by adult food and caterpillar food. 

 

 

The following are the plants I plan to grow in my garden to attract butterflies:

 

Adult Food Sources:

 

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – Butterfly weed provides nectar to adults and is also the host plant for monarch butterfly caterpillars (picture of butterfly weed)

 

Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia sp.) – Tithonia is proclaimed to be very attractive to butterflies as a nectar source (picture of Mexican sunflower)

 

Zinnia variety Persian carpet (Zinnia sp.) – The Persian carpet variety of Zinnia is a good nectar source for butterflies.  Other varieties are probably good too. (picture of zinnia)

 

Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia sp.) – Gloriosa Daisies provide nectar to butterflies (picture of Rudbeckia)

 

Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) - Purple coneflowers have valuable nectar for butterflies (picture of Echinacea)

 

Dill (Anethum graveolens) – Dill and other members of the Umbel family (e.g. Fennel, Coriander/Cilantro, Caraway, Anise, and others) are attractive to butterflies as a nectar source.  Many beneficial insects also like Dill and Fennel. Some swallowtail butterfly caterpillars will live on dill or other Umbels.  (picture of dill).

 

Shrub Verbena (Lantana camara) – Very attractive to butterflies and humming birds alike (picture of Lantana)

 

Crimson and White Clover (Trifolium sp.) – Many clovers and other legumes are attractive to butterflies as a source of nectar (picture of clover)

 

Some butterflies don’t visit flowers at all.  Instead of (or sometimes in addition to) flower nectar some butterflies eat tree sap, rotting fruit, and even bird droppings.

 

Caterpillar Food Sources:

 

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – Butterfly weed and other Milkweeds are the host plants for monarch butterfly caterpillars.  They also provides nectar to many species of adults butterflies (picture of butterfly weed)

 

Dill (Anethum graveolens) – Some swallowtail butterfly caterpillars (see pictures below) will live on dill (as shown) or other members of the Umbel family (e.g. Anise, Fennel, Caraway, and others). Adult butterflies are attracted to dill as a nectar source. (picture of dill).

 

Black Swallowtail  (Papilio polyxenes)  ? Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) ?

      Black Swallowtail            ?Eastern Tiger Swallowtail?

    (Papilio polyxenes)                ?(Papilio glaucus)?

 

Violets (Viola sp.) – Violets are the host plant for many Fritillary butterfly caterpillars. (picture of violet)

 

Other plants that some species of caterpillars live on include members of the Mallow family, the Sunflower family, nettles, many tree species, and grasses.

 

I’m always looking for suggestions of good butterfly plants

?What worked for you?

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Butterfly information and house plan links:

 

Butterflies of North America – USGS:  An excellent site to look at the butterflies in your state.  Has detailed information on each butterfly species including what they eat and where they are found.  This site was also the source for a lot of my butterfly information. 

 

The Butterfly Guide: A guide to common butterflies

Butterfly Information: Great info and links

 

Troy’s Photo Gallery: Great Butterfly Photo Site

 

I’ve heard small butterfly houses don’t work too well (if at all), but give it a try if you are interested:

Butterfly house plans:  Plans for the small butterfly houses garden stores sell

Butterfly house plans 2:  Alternate house plans (.pdf)

 

Butterfly winter log shelter:  A butterfly over-wintering shelter plan that might actually work (bottom of the page)

Butterfly winter log shelter 2:  Info about building over-wintering shelters for butterflies

 

 

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