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The Perfect Butterfly Garden for the Houston Area
By Paula Mabrey, owner of Tiny Shovels Landscaping

The perfect backyard habitat for butterflies contains several components…

Sunshine
Flat rocks, gravel paths, trees and tall bushes provide basking spots for butterflies to warm up in the sunshine. A flagstone path through the garden provides the perfect wake-up spot for your butterflies!

Moisture
Butterflies feed on nectar and moisture.  Puddle edges and moist dirt are popular because the soil contains minerals that a butterfly need. Maintain a small wet spot in a sunny area.

Flowers
Nectar provides adult butterflies with food and encourages them to stay in your yard. Flowering trees, vines, annuals and perennials provide all the food necessary. Plant sun-loving plants for the best turnout, bright colors are best!

Caterpillar Food
Adult butterflies are attracted to yards that contain host plants for their offspring. The butterfly lays an egg on the host plant which the caterpillar eats when it hatches. Include host plants and grow your own butterflies!

 

 

 

California Sister basking in the sun
California Sister Basking
in the Sun
 
Female Black Swallowtail feeding on a Zinnia flower
Female Black Swallowtail
feeding on a Zinnia flower
Statira Sulphur drinking it up!
Statira Sulphur drinking it up!
 
Male Black Swallowtail feeding on purple Verbena
Male Black Swallowtail
feeding on purple Verbena
Monarch adult feeding on Milkweed nectar
Monarch adult feeding on
Milkweed nectar

 
Orange Barred Sulphur feeding on Lantana nectar
Orange Barred Sulphur
feeding on Lantana nectar
Monarch caterpillar feeding on Milkweed leaves
Monarch caterpillar feeding on
Milkweed leaves
 
Gulf Coast Fritillary emerging from its chrysalis
Gulf Coast Fritillary
emerging from its chrysalis


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