Attracting Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars

Monarch Caterpillar Attracting Monarch Butterfly Caterpillars

Gardening for butterflies is growing in popularity, and it’s a great way to add some interest and movement into your garden for three seasons per year.  Butterfly gardening takes you from the larvae stage to becoming a fully fledged butterfly, and the best way to ensure loads of butterflies visit your yard to to provide them with the food sources they need from stage one.  The advantage and disadvantage when attracting Monarchs for breeding is that they only lay eggs and feed on Milkweed varieties as larvae and caterpillars, so in order to really create a stand of milkweed you probably need to like the look of it. More good news is that Milkweed comes in several types and colors, so you may find one you like to incorporate into your butterfly garden, or to spread along the tree line in your backyard.  The flowers of the Milkweed family also attract a variety of other wildlife, and are highly fragrant, so these are great additions to any area near outdoor seating!

Milkweed Attracting Monarch Butterfly CaterpillarsPhoto Courtesy of: Andrea_44

Flowers For Monarch Caterpillars:

  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Smooth Milkweed
  • Swamp Milkweed
  • White Milkweed
  • Sand Milkweed
  • Tropical Milkweed
  • Prairie Milkweed
  • Plains Milkweed
  • Green Milkweed
  • Showy Milkweed

Milkweed is very hardy, and it spreads prolifically once it’s happy, so this is a plant that can take full sun to partial shade, and can live in rain gardens, or in drier areas.  Try some out in an area that you can let it spread a bit, and wait for the butterflies and caterpillars to show up!

Happy Gardening!

Caterpillar photo courtesy of: goingslo

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