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Butterfly and Caterpillar Gardening and Environment
Remember when keeping an acquarium was a simple matter of filling an aerated tank with water...letting it set for a day, and then adding your favorite fish? Or capturing caterpillars and watching them turn into butterflies in a big jar stocked with lots of their favorite leaves? We are learning a lot more details about how nature works...and doesn't work.
Wildlife GardeningThe simple summer flutter of butterflies is another such simple pleasure that is gathering a whole scientific body of knowledge. No more simple caterpillars marching across the sidewalk to get to the garden on the other side. No more butterfly nets to catch summer's fluttering of wings.
Butterflies are becoming scarce...and people are beginning to garden specifically to help preserve these delicate foragers of our flower gardens and fields.
Summer is a good time to observe the butterfly game...and make plans for adding a few favorite plants for next year's migration of summer color.
Here's how to choose plants for both butterflies and caterpillars...even how to make a nectar feeder for butterflies that visit your backyard.
A few of the tips for butterfly gardening include:
One thing is becoming very apparent. Nature is very local! Native plants host native wildlife. Native wildlife provide pollination services for local plants. See how that works together ?
Have a light hearted romp in your backyard as you watch caterpillars munch their way into your heart...and follow their mysterious pathway into the sky. Remember...take a nature break to speed you on your own mysterious pathway to the stars!
ENJOYButterflies are the "flowers of the air"...poetry in motion, and a wonder of summer's sunny days.
LEARNBut butterfly life stages tell us more about the ecosystem. Larvae -- caterpillars -- are the major "protein converters" by turning cellulose (leaves) into protein (delicious caterpillars for the birds!).
MAKE A CHOICEHow can you protect and nurture butterflies? Learn which local species need more habitat...and then choose to include a few of those plants in your flower or vegetable gardens. And think about how you can reduce your use of pesticides and fertilizers...they're not too good for wildlife.
MAKE A CHANGEWhat WILL you do today to move toward your goal? Even one small action today makes a difference. And you can add a little tomorrow and the next day... Together we will restore our environment in our community and around the world.
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Butterfly & Caterpillar Gardening and the Environment
Water Gardening is the New Frontier
Rocky Sloped for Habitat
Mailorder Gardening for Wildlife Friendly seeds and plants
Butterflies are Flowers of the Air