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Like frogs, butterflies are a great sign of a healthy environment and eco system. Their presence in the garden also signals the existence of a range of other invertebrates which is excellent as they collectively provide many environmental benefits including pollination and natural pest control.
Butterflies are attracted to brightly coloured fragrant flowers. They feed on the nectar of these flowers, pollinating them with their ‘foot traffic’ as they move from flower to flower. So many plants rely on pollination of insects for reproduction and without these adorable garden friends we’d be in a world of trouble.
How do you attract butterflies to the garden? Here’s my top tips...
1. Avoid pesticides, and really anything ending in ‘cide’. They kill all insects- bees and butterflies included.
2. Grow native plants. There’s many native plants that bees, butterflies and birds rely on the nectar to survive.
3. Plant a variety of brightly coloured and fragrant flowers all year round. Butterfly caterpillars love to eat violets, milkweed and asters. Adult butterflies love Aster, Butterly Bush, Goldenrod, Lavender, Lilac, Milkweed, Mint, Sage, Snapdragon, Zinnia, Cone Flowers, Echinacea and Marigolds.
4. Butterflies like a water source. A small pond, a water feature, a bird bath or a bowl of water etc. There’s so many options.
5. Butterflies like to bask on rocks in the sun so a few rock features around the place would be beneficial. We have a few rock walls around the garden that often have butterflies sun baking on them.
I hope that’s helpful for everyone 👌
This adorable Monarch butterfly was spotted while out and about foraging for lemons so I’ll be planting more things in my garden in the hopes this beauty will be joining the rest of the butterfly community in my own backyard 🦋
Happy butterfly spotting everyone!
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