Butterflies are one of the most beautiful and fascinating insects in the world. These flying beauties arrive as caterpillars, munching on leaves and then forming a chrysalis in which to transform. The leaf nibbling may be a nuisance at first, but rest assured the caterpillars will not move on to your prized roses. They much prefer aster, milkweed, and citrus. As adults, these insects bloom into beautiful creatures that spread beauty as well by inadvertently pollinating flowers as they feed on the nectar. People have become enchanted by butterflies. Their vibrant color and acrobatic flight is often enough for people to tempt them into their gardens.
Some fantastic ways to invite butterflies in your garden are by planting some of their favorite flowers, placing a butterfly house, and adding a watering spot for them. Black-eyed Susan, aster, and butterfly bush are some of their favorite blooms, and adding a nectar feeder can also provide them a lasting food source. The house should mimic a butterfly's natural hiding places, such as rock crevices, wood piles, or loose tree bark. Butterflies may hide in these boxes to escape the cold, a summer storm, or predators. Offering a watering spot is another great attractant. Butterflies often prefer wet sand or shallow mud puddles, so a shallow dish with sand or rocks allows them to drink safely. By placing a few small accoutrements in your garden, you will invite butterflies, year after year.