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Rather than focusing on a single plant, butterfly-friendly flowers and shrubs are featured this month. (Previous topic: Honey Bees)
While bees are the more efficient pollinators, butterflies do their share. Bees seem more purposeful as they buzz methodically from flower to flower, drinking nectar and pollinating. Butterflies, on the other hand, glide leisurely from flower to flower, gracefully displaying their beautiful colors.
During the day, butterflies will visit most of the colorful, flowering plants in gardens, but these visits will be brief. They will make their homes in butterfly friendly habitats. These habitats feature plants that fall into two groups--nectar plants that provide adult butterflies with energy, and caterpillar food plants that will feed caterpillars. With a mixture of these two groups, a habitat will provide for the entire life cycle of butterflies--from caterpillar to adult. Fortunately, a large variety of plants appeal to butterflies including alyssum, bee balm, butterfly bush, calendula, cosmos, daylily, delphinium, etc.
Some butterflies, like the monach, also migrate. Monarchs may fly as far as 3,000 miles to reach their winter destinations.
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