Residential and commercial development is destroying natural wildlife habitat. Where ever possible, we need to encourage habitat restoration in order to encourage butterfly and songbird populations. Butterfly gardening can be one positive step in that direction.
Butterfly gardening can be easy. It can be as simple as providing the appropriate variety of host plants for larval growth and adult feeding. Plants used in butterfly gardening include native plants as well as horticultural cultivars of annuals and perennials. Different species of butterflies sip nectar from flowers on specific types of plants. They also search for specific species of plants upon which to lay their eggs. Caterpillars feed on these host plants for their entire life cycle.
By choosing certain plants for adult and larval feeding, we encourage the establishment of butterfly populations which return year after year. As we manage our urban landscapes, our efforts in environmental stewardship assure the presence of butterflies and the sharing of our personal backyard Edens with these beautiful, colorful, soaring insects.