|Zebra Butterfly. Photograph by David Pape, released into the|
Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons.
If you want to attract butterflies to your garden this summer, there are a few things you'll need to keep in mind:
First of all consider your location. You'll need a spot that gets direct sunlight for at least 5 to 6 hours a day. You'll need a spot that's sheltered from strong winds. The addition of a few flat rocks to the area will make your garden particularly attractive to butterflies.
|The Monarch Butterfly. Photograph by Richiebits, released|
into the Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons.
Food is another matter. You'll need to provide food for both the butterflies and their offspring. Plants that provide food for the adult butterflies are called nectar plants, and those that feed their babies are called host plants. You'll need both, if you want to have butterflies in your garden year after year.
|The Black Swallowtail. Photograph by Ltshears, released into|
the Public Domain on Wikimedia Commons.
Good nectar plants for Michiganders would be Asters, Dogbane, Buddelia, Joe Pye Weed, Privet, and Blueberry. Good host plants would include Pawpaw, Milkweed, Parsley, Dill, and Fennel. Remember not to get upset when you see caterpillars eating your parsley! That's what it's there for.
Of course, t should go without saying that you won't be using pesticides on your butterfly garden.