Butter …… Fly In My Garden

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Black Swallowtail butterfly

Black Swallowtail butterfly

Source: University of Kentucky, Department of Horticulture
So there is no misunderstandings. I am not a fan of Butterfly’s or having them any where near my vegetable garden. That pretty little yellow butterfly fluttering around my garden today, was a caterpillar (worm) eating my cabbage and lettuce yesterday!

It is unlikely that you will be successful in having both a butterfly garden and a vegetable garden anywhere near each other.

Nectar Preferences Different species of butterflies have different preferences of nectar, in both colors and tastes. A wide variety of food plants will give the greatest diversity of visitors. Try staggering wild and cultivated plants, as well as blooming times of the day and year. Groups of the same plants will be easier for butterflies to see than singly planted flowers.

Attract adult butterflies to your yard offer places (food plants) for females to lay their eggs. Some females are pickier about which host to lay their eggs on than others.

All insects are cold blooded and cannot internally regulate their body temperature. Butterflies will readily bask in the sun when it is warm out, but few are seen on cloudy days. It is a good idea to leave open areas in a yard for butterflies to sun themselves, as well as partly shady areas like trees or shrubs, so they can hide when it’s cloudy or cool off if it is very hot.

Butterflies like puddles. Males of several species congregate at small rain pools, forming puddle clubs. Permanent puddles are very easy to make by burying a bucket to the rim, filling it with gravel or sand, and then pouring in liquids such as stale beer, sweet drinks or water. Overripe fruit, allowed to sit for a few days is a very attractive to them as well. blue-butterfly

Butterfly Nectar Preferences and Larval Food Plants
* Buckeye Butterfly
Larval food plant:snapdragon
Nectar: aster, milkweed chickory, coreopsis
* Comma
Larval food plant: nettle, elm
Nectar: rotting fruit & sap, butterfly bush, dandelion
* Great Swallowtail
Larval food plant: citrus trees, prickly ash
Nectar: lantana, Japanese honeysuckle, milkweed, lilac, goldenrod, azalea
* Great Spangled Fritillary
Larval food plant: violet
Nectar: ironweed, milkweed, black-eyed susan, verbena
* Monarch
Larval food plant: milkweed
Nectar: milkweed, butterfly bush, goldenrod, thistle, ironweed, mints
* Mourning Cloak
Larval food plant: willow, elm, poplar, aspen, birch, hackberry
Nectar: rotting fuit & sap, butterfly bush, milkweed, shasta daisy
* Painted Lady
Larval food plant: daisy, hollyhock
Nectar: goldenrod, aster, zinnia, butterfly bush, milkweed
* Red Admiral
Larval food plant: nettle
Nectar: rotting fruit and sap, daisy, aster, goldenrod, butterfly bush,
* Tiger Swallowtail
Larval food plant: cherry, ash, birch, tulip tree, lilac
Nectar: butterfly bush, milkweed, Japanese honeysuckle, phlox, lilac, ironweed
* Viceroy
Larval food plant: willow, poplar, apple
Nectar: rotting fruit, sap, aster, goldenrod, milkweed

Source: University of Minnesota – Butterfly Gardening
Reference: The Butterfly Site(Butterfly Gardening)
Reference: The Butterfly website
Reference: Wikipedia
Butterfly’s in the UK: Primary species found in the UK
UK Butterfly’s British Butterflies
Butterflies of Australia Wikipedia
Australian Butterflies and Moths Australian Butterflies and Moths

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3 responses to “Butter …… Fly In My Garden

  1. Need to disagree about the caterpillar thing (from the safety of England mind you) – here we have cabbage white butterflies, eggs laid on and caterpillars decimate brassicas completely – have no problem with other caterpillars feeding on what is in our allotment and love to see them _ the “flying flowers” that can make the day so beautiful and the moths that make the darkness interesting.


    • Re: beeseeker- Thanks for visiting my tiny humble blog.
      Grinning … I make no special effort ‘most of the time’ to rid my garden of butterfly’s and it seems most moths are nocturnal. However with that said, I do wage an unending war on any caterpillar found in my garden plot.
      Happy butter fly watching in your summer garden.


  2. You’re right, of course. Something I don’t like to think about – the caterpillar/butterfly thing.


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