Many people in the gardening world are turning toward creating butterfly gardens. These gardens can attract many different types and variations of butterflies. Butterfly gardening is very quickly becoming more and more popular. It is said to be one of the fastest growing and most popular hobbies today. People get great joy from seeing beautiful butterflies fluttering around their gardens. Butterflies also add color and life to gardens.
If you are planning on starting a butterfly garden the first thing that you need to do is find out what kind of butterflies are in your area. There are several ways to do this. You could contact your local wildlife refuge and they can give you information. You can also have a field guide go outdoors with you and help you determine what species are around. There are also sites on the internet that have information available about different species of butterflies that are available in different areas. It is easy to find out what types of butterflies are available and most frequent in your area.
You should make sure that your butterfly garden is planted in a sunny area. However, the area that you plant in should be free of harsh winds. Butterflies need to feed in sunny areas because they have to stay warm. However, they will not fight strong winds when they are trying to stay on the plants and eat, so they will end up going somewhere else. You should also put some smooth, flat stones in your garden in the sunshine so that the butterflies have somewhere to rest while they are warming themselves up. Butterflies need water just like every other living thing does. You can keep a mud puddle located in a sunny location or you can get a bucket and fill it with sand. Then, add enough water to moisten the sand.
There are two different kinds of plants that the butterflies use. One type of plants provides nectar for adult butterflies to eat. The other kind provides food for baby butterflies to eat. It is a good idea to find out what kind of plants are native in the area where you live and then plant these instead of exotic plants that are not compatible. The butterflies are mostly likely already adapted to the native plants and will be much more likely to feed from them than to risk feeding off of something new that they have never eaten before. This ensures that all of the butterflies are kept safe and free from harm. It protects not only the adults, but also protects the babies that are growing and trying to thrive into adulthood. Just as any human would not eat anything that they were not certain off, butterflies are the same way.none