When we hear about gardening for butterflies, there are images of beautiful color on our “winged jewels” that move gracefully between the dazzling flowers blooming in our garden. In the butterfly world, are brightly colored flowers in your garden as remarkable as in the middle of the night. A striking neon billboard. Butterflies seem to be particularly attracted to lavender and purple flower colors, but also red, orange and yellow. Grouping various colorful flowering plants is also beginning to the success of a butterfly garden!
After they have chosen their flowers, the butterflies go in search of nectar. Many flowers that we really only consider a very common contain much nectar without us realize. Like the runway lights at an airport, floral patterns lead the butterfly to the nectar source. A butterfly explores the blossoms with its tubular tongue, or muzzle, as we use a straw when drinking. It is important to select flowers for butterflies that nectar is easily accessible. Choose therefore prefer single flowers instead of gevuldbloemigen: single flowers in your feathered friends can readily find the available nectar.
The tongue of a butterfly is not as long as a hummingbird, for example: why are short, tubular flowers best suited for attracting butterflies. Eventually choose a mix of variety of flower tubes of various sizes so you can attract a variety of butterflies. Small butterflies will get their nectar from small flowers with larger butterflies rather larger flowers will choose.
The butterflies in gardens are located on the southeast and especially on warm, sunny days, active. As a butterfly enthusiast, we naturally prepared. Care in your planting nectar-containing flowers enough for both the early spring, summer and late summer. Providing good nectar flowers throughout the entire season will increase the chance of enjoying the graceful winged. Planting early, mid-and late-flowering plants is certainly important. Good early bloomers include flowering fruit trees, perennials and azaleas.
Use summer flowering (solid) plants that bloom until fall or until the first autumn frost (late October-early November). Buddleia, marigolds, zinnias, salvia and verbena are a few examples of plants to late-season flowers produce nectar hold assignees. Plant later in the season (in the middle of summer) once again marigolds and zinnias for good flower production in late fall protection. With nectar-containing flowers in the autumn garden, chances are that you are in September and October also can see butterflies.
We must be aware that butterflies are insects. These cold-blooded animals have a body temperature that is influenced by their environment. It is therefore useful to some warmth into spots in the butterfly garden needs. Rock walls, stepping stones or gravel paths that the heat of the early morning sun in spring can absorb.
We can not ignore the larval stage of the butterfly. Also, we encourage caterpillars in our garden to live. We can do this by providing enough host plants where the females lay eggs. The host plants provide food for the caterpillars later. Each type of butterfly looking for a specific host plant. On the picture below you see caterpillars on nettle of the famous peacock butterfly.
A number of important host plants are found in native weeds, shrubs and trees. When the designated plants in the vicinity, the butterflies that seem always to be found! Creating wet spots in the garden is really something special for butterflies. Rather than taking a long, thirsty drink, get the butterflies actually minerals and salts from the soil moist. Dishes filled with moist sand are a great attraction. The distribution of left and right a drop of liquid fertilizer increases the chances that you would expect butterflies visit. Lepidopterists, the phenomenon of mud visiting butterflies studied, found that species that tend to muddy places near to come together, usually composed of male butterflies.
A butterfly garden offers a wide range from a formal garden with flower borders to a natural wild flower garden. The needs of butterflies can be in almost any type of garden can be incorporated.