Top Tips for Butterfly Gardens:
- Here Comes the Sun
Butterflies rely on the sun for their body heat, opening their wings in the morning to soak up the heat. Butterflies gardens are best in sunny areas.
- One Stop Shop
Butterfly gardens aren’t just about food: it’s about creating a habitat for the animal with food, water, and shelter. Having a water source like a bird bath, fountain, or even just a dish with pebbles and water help butterflies hydrate.
- Keep It Clean
Pesticides don’t discriminate between insects we like and insects we consider pests. To protect butterflies, never spray host plants or nectar species with pesticides and do your best to reduce pesticide use in your garden overall. If you do need to spray pesticides, always follow the directions on the bottle and selectively spray the areas that need it most, rather than spraying everything in your yard.
- Stay Engaged
There’s nothing quite like a butterfly floating on the wind to land on a flower in your garden. Take the time to enjoy the butterfly oasis you’ve created and share your experiences with friends and family. If you want to help scientists study butterflies, you can report your butterfly sightings on iNaturalist or tag monarch butterflies with Monarch Watch.