Butterfly Gardening – Accepting Blemishes for Beauty

Raising butterflies is just fun, but if you really want to be a friend to the butterflies you have to raise their host and nectar plants.  Butterflies have specific relationships with plants on which they lay their eggs.  Their caterpillars are extremely picky eaters and are limited in the host plants on which they can develop. If you accept the blemishes of chewed up plants and a wild appearance than you will be granted the beauty of the butterflies. By providing these plants as targets for insects to find you are creating habitat that helps to support our declining pollinators.  Included below are photographs of butterflies within the garden.

Monarch on Swamp Milkweed
Monarch Caterpillar on Swamp Milkweed
Tiger Swallowtail on Joe Pye Weed

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