Butterfly Gardening

By: Jane Lake

Butterfly gardening is not only a joy, it is one way that you can help restore declining butterfly populations. Simply adding a few new plants to your backyard may attract dozens of different butterflies, according to landscape designers at the University of Guelph.

Butterflies, like honeybees, are excellent pollinators and will help increase your flower, fruit and vegetable production if you provide them with a variety of flowers and shrubs. They are also beautiful to watch, and are sometimes called "flowers on the wing."

Remember that butterflies are cold-blooded insects that bask in the sun to warm their wings for flight and to orient themselves. They also need shelter from the wind, a source of water, and partly shady areas provided by trees and shrubs.

Copyright © 2005 Jane Lake All Rights Reserved

Jane Lake is a professional writer whose articles have appeared in Canadian Living, You, Modern Woman, Exchange and Highlights magazines. To learn how to make your own butterfly nectar and butterfly feeders, please read her article, Butterfly Food, at http://www.allfreecrafts.com/gardening/butterfly-food.shtml. To view all of her nature articles, including how to make homemade nectar for hummingbirds and orioles, plus more advice on butterfly gardening, see her nature crafts section at http://www.allfreecrafts.com/nature/index.shtml.

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