Create A Habitat For Butterflies
In California, there are more than 170 distinct species of butterflies, which not only assist in pollinating plants but also serve as an essential gauge of the well-being of an ecosystem. One way to support the preservation of these fascinating insects is to establish a hospitable habitat for butterflies in your garden. Meet some of our fluttering neighbors that you can attract to your yard.
Attract these winged wonders to your garden, with nectar-producing flowers that meet the needs of the specific species you like. Butterflies perceive the ultraviolet light spectrum and are most attracted to pink, white, and red flowers. Like us, butterflies are also drawn to sweet-smelling flowers through receptors on their antennae. They love flowers with spacious landing pads, making it easy for them to perch and sip nectar. Blend flowering plants that offer nectar, sweet smells and landing pads to create an environment that appeals to a diverse group of butterflies.
Be A Good Host
Now that you've got butterflies coming to your garden party, make sure you're a good host. Offer shelter by planting trees and shrubs. Avoid using harmful non-organic pesticides when treating for pests and disease, as they can be detrimental to butterflies and other beneficial insects. Serve up some water in a shallow dish filled with pebbles. If you're lucky, you'll have guests who don't want to leave.