Saturday, August 6, 2011

Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly gardening is a wonderful and rewarding outdoor hobby that is increasing in popularity. Simply put butterfly gardening is the designing of a garden which is likely to attract butterflies by adding plants which are known to be highly attractive to these lovely little creatures.

Obviously some areas will be more likely than others to attract butterflies, housing developments near open countryside are likely to witness a number of different types of butterfly. However butterfly gardening can be highly successful even in the very center of our cities.

As well as including plants which attract the insects it is important to also include other types of plants which are more suitable for the other stages of the life cycle of a butterfly, such as a suitable place for it to lay eggs and suitable plants for caterpillars. You should also include areas of shelter and water.

If you are extremely lucky your butterfly gardening efforts will be rewarded and you will be able to witness the progression from egg to caterpillar, from caterpillar to chrysalis and then, finally the hatching of that chrysalis to bring forth a fully developed adult butterfly.

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