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Come on in Butterflies

Monday, August 17th, 2015

Using Flowers to Attract Various Butterfly Species

Western Tailed Blue – Vetches, MilkVetches!

1. Choose other flowers for colour and nectar. Adult butterflies are most attracted to red, yellow, orange, and pink flowers. Adding some of these for colour is a great way to spruce up your butterfly garden.

2. Purchase and plant a few nectar plants. These plants should be placed in your garden so they can receive direct and full sunlight. Adult butterflies only feed in the sun. Locating a sunny area for your butterfly garden is an absolute must!

3. Create a planting schedule. Butterflies need a food source throughout their entire lifecycle, so be sure to plant flowers so that as one stops blooming a new one is starting to bloom.

4. Create resting and puddle areas. Butterflies like to rest in the sun to warm their wings. Have areas with flat stones in sunny spots for butterflies to land on. Butterflies also like we, sandy areas where they can drink from the water puddles. You can create this area by using a shallow pan filled with sand and water. Be sure to keep the sand moist at all times.

Want to learn more about building a butterfly garden and the butterfly lifecycle? Check out these useful online resources:

U of KenTucky CreaTing a BuTTerfly Garden

Creating a Butterfly Garden

And For Some of Our Fun Learning Math and Science Games:

Hex a Race MaTh AcTiviTy

WeaTher Science AcTiviTy

Spring is Here! Welcome Karner Blue Bloom!

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Each year there are two Blooms of Karner Blue Butterflies, the Spring Bloom and the Summer Bloom.  In mid to late April, The Ones that have overwintered on or near the ground…..Come into Full Bloom!  Right Around Now!  For more info, you can visit  The Wilton Wildlife Preservation at 80 Scout Road
Gansevoort, NY! http://www.wiltonpreserve.org/conservation/karner-blue-butterfly

(Wikipedia Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karner_blue)