About this site
| Introduction |
This site was created mostly to help spread information about butterfly gardening and conservation.
I am also interested in gardening to attract other types of wildlife, and will eventually add more
about this to the site.
Host plants and nectar plants
Butterflies are insects, and like many other insects they have a larval stage.
In butterflies the larval stage is commonly
known as a caterpillar. Host plants are the plants that the female adult butterflies lay their eggs on
and that the caterpillars eat. If the host plants
are not available they
will not have a place to lay their eggs, and there will be less butterflies.
If a caterpillar eats all of a host plant it is on, and it can't find another one, it will die.
If the natural habitat for a particular host plant is destroyed, eliminating all places for
the butterfly to lay its eggs, the butterfly species will become extinct (along with the host
Most adult butterflies sip flower nectar as a food source, these plants are the nectar plants.
While some butterflies have certain flower preferences, they aren't in general too picky about which
flowers they like. Although, they do tend to like flowers made up of lots of smaller flowers.
And some more commercially bred flowers they don't like very much because they have been bred to
look a certain way (for people) and in the process the flowers no longer make nectar that appeals to
butterflies, or make very little. Petunias are a good example of this, most butterflies are not
interested in them. (The wild native petunia is good to grow though.)
Caterpillars and plants
While there are many books and other resources available to learn about butterfly
gardening I have noticed that most are lacking two important pieces of information.
Butterflies included on this site
I live in the St. Louis, Missouri, USA area so most of the butterfly information on this site will be about
butterflies that live in this area. I do not currently have a way to raise butterflies not native
to this area, as it is against USDA regulations to ship insects (including eggs and larva) over state lines.
Many of the butterflies native to my area also live in many other parts of North America however,
so much of the information will be valuable to people across the US and Canada.
Organization of site
The main parts of this site are the butterfly and plant sections. The butterflies are divided into categories
based on their species families and subfamilies. The ones currently listed are those found in
my part of Missouri, even if only rare strays. I may eventually expand to all N. American butterflies.
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