Nothing is better than being a nursery for our wildlife.
With the pollinators garden well established, I’ve been lucky to watch the workings of a bee colony and see native bees that I had never seen before. Sweat bees are gorgeous!
So who else can I bring to the yard? Butterflies it is! This species needs more than just nectar. Providing host plant for the caterpillars that become butterflies is just as important as flowers for our fluttery friends. Below are butterflies native to Colorado, with links to where you might purchase native host plants.
By Beatriz Moisset
(American Lady, Buckeyes, checkerspots)
||thistles, milkweeds, lilac, and other nectars||
By Jay Williams
For more information
The forest service provides the pollinator of the month. To read about fritillarys go to: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/pollinator-of-the-month/fritillary.shtml
This is a great site for finding butterflies in your area.
To learn more about making a inviting garden space for butterflies see:
- Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org – This image is Image Number 5382189 at Insect Images, a source for entomological images operated by The Bugwood Network at the University of Georgia and the USDA Forest Service.(cropped), CC BY 3.0 us, Link
- Jay Williams – http://photoblog.dview.us/tiger-swallowtail-butterfly, CC BY 2.5, Link
- Wilson44691 – Own work, CC0,
- Queerbubbles – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,