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Host Plants provide a place for Butterflies to lay their eggs. Tiny Caterpillars cannot travel far - so the female butterfly locates and lays her eggs on only the type of plant that the caterpillar can use as food. Place these plants in a sheltered area where they will not be subject to wind gusts.
Caterpillars need to munch on the foliage, so expect to see a few 'Eaten" Leaves !!
Nectar plants provide food for the Adult Butterfly. Offering a variety of flowering Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals & Herbs will provide the Butterflies choices for nectar in the Spring, and throught our hot summers, and into the Fall ... when most Butterflies are active.
Nectar Plants are vital to an adult butterfly's survival, particularly for migrating butterflies such as Monarchs, as they 'Bulk Up" for a long flight.
Butterflies are cold blooded, and usually do not fly until the temperature is at least 60 degrees. You’ll want to ensure that your garden gets plenty of sunshine, as butterflies only fly well when their wings are warm and dry. Although butterflies will rest and hibernate in wooded areas, Include a flat rocky area in the sun, which will make a good resting spot where they can prepare for a day of flight and feeding.
They also need a water source – and they prefer one that’s very shallow. Some even prefer mud.