Many homeowners want to attract more butterflies to their lawn, but have no idea where to start. The best way to do this is to provide butterflies with a variety of plants that are attractive to butterflies indigenous to your region. Don’t just visit your regional big-box retailer and purchase anything with the word”butterfly” in it. Do some basic research on your own, which is very easy to do online, and you will fare much better.
The first thing you need to do is assess which sort of environment you might have. Is your yard wooded, or largely a garden type? Some butterflies will only go to a certain kind of environment, and no matter what plants you have, they won’t visit them if they’re not in the right place.
The next step is to do an online search for your city or county, and see what butterflies are generally found there. Once you do that, cross-reference that information with the sort of environment you’ve (woody, garden, etc.. .) . Most often times lists like that will also list the host plant of the butterfly, but otherwise, you can search for this too.
A host plant is the sort of plant that they will lay their eggs . The nectar plant is a sort of plant that the adult butterflies will feed off of. Normally butterflies will have a large variety of nectar plants where they will feed, but only 1 host plant that they’ll use to deposit their eggs. The monarch butterfly, for example, will feed off of many different sort of nectar plants (lantana, periwinkle, pentas, etc.. .) But only have a single host plant, that’s the milkweed. The monarch butterfly will only lay their eggs on a milkweed plant, because that is the only plant that their larvae (caterpillars) can consume.
To attract the most butterflies to your yard, you may have an assortment of nectar plants, but it’s most important to have the host plants. You will discover, by planting many of the host plants together, you will draw a great deal of species of butterfly.