Butterflies in our Area
University of CA Irvine - Butterflies of Orange County
How to attract butterflies to you yard
Attract Butterflies to your own yard by having both nectar plants and host plants in the ground or in pots. Adult Butterflies feed on flower nectar which can be obtained from a variety of nectar plants while the caterpillar one feeds on specific plants. On occasion a plant can double as both a nectar plant and a host plant such as Milkweed wiith the Monarch and Queen butterfly.
Some Great Nectar Plants
There is a huge variety of nectar plants out there. I would suggest watching what plants Butterflies frequent at your local plant store to see their personal favorites. Here is a small list of suggestions.
Asters (such as Sunflowers or Daisies)
Black Eyed Susan
Black eyed-susan vine
Wildflowers & Shrubs
Liliac – Syringia sp.
Some Great Hostplants
Lupines, Buckwheat, Cape Plumbago
Plantain, Frogfruit, Snapdragon, Monkeyflowers
Willow, Aspen, Cottonwood
Stinging Nettle, False Nettle
Senna, Alfalfa, False Indigo, Marigolds, Clover
Mustard, Broccoli, Cabbage
Mallows, Everlasting, Thistle, Hollyhock
Fennel, Citrus, Pipevine, Ceanothus, Native Cherries, Willow
DESPERATLEY SEEKING MILKWEED?
For those raising Monarch butterflies that have run through your supply of milkweed - Later stage caterpillars (think mid-sized to large caterpillars) will take pumpkin and various gourds as a substitute. THIS ONLY WORKS ON MONARCH CATERPILLARS IN CAPTIVITY!! Those not in captivity will not find the gourd slices without help. Slice the pumpkin or gourd into thin slices and place the caterpillars on to feed. Replace the gourd slices each day.
Some Great Butterfly Resources on Facebook:
Brenda's Butterfly Habitat
California Butterfly Lady
Shady Oak Butterfly Farm
Some Great Butterfly Resources Online:
The Butterfly Website
Las Pitas Nursery
North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
National Wildlife Federation