Habitat Needs Milkweeds and Nectar Sources. Whether it’s a field, roadside area, open area, wet area, or urban garden; milkweed and flowering plants are needed for monarch habitat. Adult monarchs feed on the nectar of many flowers, but they breed only where milkweeds are found.
NABA's Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program can help you create a paradise for butterflies while encouraging habitat restoration, no matter the size of your area. Plan your garden with the Basics of Butterfly Gardening. Learn which native plants are suitable for gardening in your location with Regional Butterfly Garden Guides.
In this seasonal exhibit, wander through our unique Butterfly Habitat and witness the fascinating dance between free-flying butterflies, the plants that sustain them, and their important role as pollinators in the ecosystem. You'll emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.
The butterfly habitat should be relatively sunny (5-6 hours per day) and out of the wind. Butterflies can get their required nutrients and minerals from a mud puddle in a sunny area. A successful butterfly habitat will contain the plants favored by both caterpillars and butterflies.
The key to finding caterpillars is first understanding the habitat for the adult butterfly. There are many types of butterfly habitat. The common element to these habitats usually is the availability of plants that provide a nectar source for adult butterflies and a food source for caterpillars.
Butterfly Garden Plants. Tending a garden that will help to create more butterflies is one of the primary goals of butterfly gardening. To achieve this, it is important to choose plants for your butterfly garden that will provide food for caterpillars.
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Host plants, where butterflies lay their eggs, are vital to the butterfly lifecycle and will encourage butterflies to linger and explore. Common examples of host plants are milkweed (make sure it’s native and not tropical!) for monarch butterflies and their caterpillars, and parsley, for black swallowtails and their caterpillars.
This is the ULTIMATE guide on how to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden! Learn about hummingbird feeders, preferred plants and butterfly and hummingbird baths to create the perfect habitat for these delicate creatures.
You can also check with local native plant nurseries or greenhouses for their recommendations of good pollinator plants for your area. Key Habitat Considerations. Habitat can be created in any open space protected from untimely mowing or pesticide application. Native milkweeds provide food for monarch caterpillars.