Creating a Butterfly Habitat

Many butterfly habitats have been destroyed because of misuse of pesticides. Others have been threatened by the construction of housing and shopping centers where grassy fields and meadows once served as breeding and feeding grounds. So creating a butterfly garden will not only attract these beautiful winged creatures to your yard, but might even help them flourish again.

Butterflies are as easy to attract as birds. You just have to know what they like to eat. You’ll need larval plants for caterpillars and nectar plants for butterflies. Ask a parent for help with selecting these special plants and putting them in your garden. Select plants that are diverse in color and have different blooming periods, so that you can attract butterflies all summer long. Some popular plants that attract butterflies include the butterfly bush and the beautybush as well as flowers like sunflowers, lilacs, snapdragons, and zinnias. Check with your local nursery to see what plants will grow well in your area.

Creating a Butterfly Habitat

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