Attracting Butterflies to your Native Garden
- Full sun from 10am until 3pm are peak hours for butterfly activity. 80 degrees for optimum flight.
- Flat stones for sun basking.
- Shallow puddle or pan of water.
- Butterflies are most abundant from mid-June through September and it is important to have flowers in bloom the whole season for nectar.
- It is important to have host plants for their larvae.
- Colors preferred by butterflies are purple, pink, yellow, and white.
- Milkweeds are favored by a variety of butterflies.
- Purple Coneflower attract many species, including Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Tiger Swallowtails, and Fritillaries.
- Monarda and Blazing Star are a butterfly favorite.
- Orange Coneflower appeal to Swallowtails, Sulfers, Monarchs, Red Admirals, Painted Ladys, and Viceroys.
- Butterfly Weed and all Milkweeds are necessary for the larvae of Monarchs and theMilkweed Tussock Moth to survive.
- Golden Alexanders are the host plant for the Black Swallowtail.
- Don’t forget about shrubs as host plants. Paw Paw hosts the Zebra Swallowtail. Spice Bush hosts the Spice Bush Swallowtail. Wafer Ash hosts the Giant Swallowtail.