Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden Spain Pick a nice not 2 windy Sunny spot

 Butterfly Gardening in Spain

Butterfly Garden Spain Plant your butterfly garden in a sunny location, but sheltered from the winds. Butterflies use sunlight to regulate their body temperature.

They need sunlight to keep themselves warm, but they won’t want to feed in an area where they are constantly fighting the wind to stay on the plants.

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Butterfly Garden SpainButterfly gardening has increased in popularity in the last few years. Butterflies are pretty, fun to watch, and fun to photograph.

And they are easy to attract if you are willing to allow their caterpillars to munch on a few plants.

Here are some tips to make your garden especially butterfly-friendly.
Butterfly Garden in Spain
Butterfly Gardens Spain

BUTTERFLY Butterfly Garden SpainA successful butterfly garden has plants that meet butterfly’s needs during all four life stages, the egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and adult.

You can attract butterflies to your garden by providing them with food (plants and flowers), water, shelter, and places to lay their eggs (host plants).

 

 

Butterfly Garden SpainPlant your butterfly garden in a sunny location, but sheltered from the winds. Butterflies use sunlight to regulate their body temperature.

They need sunlight to keep themselves warm, but they won’t want to feed in an area where they are constantly fighting the wind to stay on the plants.

The outside temperature can also become too hot for them. A good butterfly garden should provide both sunny places and shady places where butterflies can cool off.

Butterfly Garden in Spain

Caterpillars and Butterflies (Beginners) Hardcover


Butterfly Gardens in Spain

Butterfly Garden SpainButterflies also need water just like we do. “Puddles” are very easy to make by placing some containers filled with gravel or sand, and then pouring in liquids such as stale beer, sweet drinks or water.

Over-ripe fruit, allowed to sit for a few days, is a very attractive substance to them as well.

 

Butterfly Garden SpainPlants for nourishment and plants to lay eggs on

There are two different functions that plants serve for butterflies: Nectaring plants, plants that the butterflies will sip nectar from and host plants, species specific plants that they can lay their eggs on (and the caterpillars will eventually eat).

Butterfly Spain
Butterfly Garden Spain

Butterfly Garden SpainNectaring plants:
Butterflies feed on nectar, so growing nectar-rich flowers will attract butterflies to your garden.

Different species of butterflies usually have different preferences of nectar, in both colours and tastes, but they will generally feed on many types of flowers from plants, shrubs, vines, and trees.

A wide variety of food plants will give the greatest diversity of visitors. Try staggering wild and cultivated plants, as well as blooming times of the day and year so that there is a steady supply of nectar for the butterflies.

And keep in mind: Groups of the same plants are easier for butterflies to see than single planted flowers.

Butterfly Garden SpainHost plants:
When it comes to laying their eggs, however, butterflies only lay them on the plant that the caterpillar will eventually eat (this differs from species to species).

So growing the right type of plants to feed caterpillars is important, since it will allow female butterflies to lay their eggs in your garden.

Each species tends to use one kind of flower as their nursery. The eggs are frequently laid on the underside of leaves.

The chrysalis (pupa) does not eat, but needs a sheltered environment. It frequently hangs from a twig and is often camouflaged.

Butterfly Gardens in Spain.

Butterflies Sticker Book (Usborne Nature Sticker Books) (Usborne Spotter’s Sticker Guides) Paperback

A beautifully illustrated sticker book to help young children spot and identify over a hundred butterflies. Using the simple descriptions and accurate illustrations, children can fix the coloured stickers next to each butterfly’s entry and write where and when they saw it in the space provided. Not suitable for children under 36 months because of the size of the stickers.

Butterfly Gardens in Spain.

Butterfly Garden SpainFor a butterfly garden to be successful, you have to control caterpillar predators and refrain from using pesticides, even organic ones, since many of them kill the caterpillars.

Fire ants are a big problem for caterpillars, and are one exception to the no pesticide rule. Spread bait around per the label instructions to kill the ants without harming the caterpillars.

 

 

Butterfly Garden SpainThe larvae can also be very noteworthy. Certain swallowtail caterpillars imitate snakes or bird droppings.

Other caterpillars are camouflaged, or blend into their surroundings very well.

If caterpillars are eating excessive foliage from a prominent or desirable part of a plant, try moving them to the backside or another less noticeable portion of the plant.

Some caterpillars have hairs or forked spines which might sting (often the hairs are just for show). It is better to be safe than sorry, so wear gloves if handling these larvae.

Butterfly in Spain.
Butterfly Garden in Spain.

Butterfly Garden SpainIf predators such as birds are a major hazard, caterpillars can be kept in cages or screened off areas.

They must be provided with fresh leaves of the plant they prefer.

When the cocoon is formed, it should be watched carefully. When it turns clear, the butterfly is getting ready to emerge.

Do not help it, as the struggle to emerge gets the fluids pumping and makes it possible for the butterfly to live. As soon as the butterfly is out, you should release it in the wild.

Butterfly Gardens in Spain
Butterfly Gardens in Spain

Butterfly attracting plantsButterfly Garden Spain

Butterfly Garden Spain

Create a paradise for butterflies and you will benefit from colour twice over. A garden full of eye and butterfly catching, fragrant flowers from spring to autumn can be achieved by selecting some of the following easy-to-grow plants:

Lily of the valley (Convallaria).

Rock Cress (Arabis).

Lantana.

Zinnias.

Sweet Violets (Viola odorata).

Shasta daisy and Coreopsis.

Buddleia, the butterfly bush, in white, pink or lilac or even Lilac itself.

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) or other milkweeds
Dahlia, Cosmos and Marigold.

Petunia, Verbena and fibrous Begonia.

Purple coneflower (Ehinacea).

Delphinium, Aster and Day Lily.

Hebe.

Sunflower.

Hibiscus.

Herbs like lavender, sage and rosemary, dill and fennel.

Enjoy!

Marc Vijverberg.

Butterfly Park, Benalmádena Pueblo Spain 2016.

 

Benálmadena is home to Europe’s largest butterfly park, the Mariposario de Benalmadena. It is a great place to visit for the family and is home to over 1500 butterflies.
Address: Av. de Retamar, 29631 Benalmádena, Málaga, Spain
Phone:+34 951 21 11 96

Gardening in Spain tips and tricks in the Mediterranean

Useful links: Butterfly Garden Spain.

A link to help you identifying butterflies containing detailed information:

www.butterfly-guide.co.uk/species/index.htm

Checklist of 219 butterflies of the 227 species found in Spain: www.iberianature.com/material/spanishinvertebrates.html#checklist

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