How To Attract Butterflies To Your Garden

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • July 26, 2018

Top tips that’ll get all the butterflies into your garden this summer

Ah, summer. Is there anything better than a sunny day, a light breeze, and a garden in full bloom, filled with one of nature’s most delicate, graceful and colorful creatures?

The warmer months signal the arrival of butterflies in the Carolinas. These brightly colored insects can be a great addition to your garden, both for their beauty and usefulness in pollinating flowers.

For those who enjoy butterfly watching, the summer is a fantastic time to try some of these tips to attract butterflies to your garden.

How to get your garden ready for butterflies!

Grow a variety of butterfly-attracting plants.

These should include flowering plants that are native to your area and a variety of nectar plants that will provide food throughout different butterfly-active seasons.

Different types of butterflies depend on different plants to survive and reproduce. Be sure your plants are compatible with the needs of the butterflies in your area.

Pay attention to plant type and color.

Adult butterflies are attracted to red, yellow, purple, pink and orange flower blossoms that have flat tops or are clustered and have short flower tubes for easy access to the good stuff.

Plant nectar sources in full sun area.

Generally, the adult butterfly prefers to feed in the sun, so your plants that are key nectar sources should receive full sun from mid-morning to mid-afternoon.

Don’t use pesticides.

Certain pesticides, such as malathion, sevin, and diazinon will kill butterflies. If you’re looking to attract butterflies, keep all chemicals away from your garden.

At Killingsworth Environmental, our specialists only spray where it’s needed, and only as much as needed. We use the most environmentally safe chemicals on the market. Find out more about our pest control protocol

Create a place for butterflies to rest.

Butterflies need the sun to warm their wings for flight. Place flat stones in your garden to give the butterflies a place to rest and bask in the sun.

Give them a place for puddling.

Butterflies use wet sand and mud for drinking water and extracting minerals, this is called “puddling.

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