Elizabeth Waddington states in a recent article, "Butterflies are a flagship species for conservation. " This is very true; more than she might even imagine.
The lowest forms of pollinators, like butterflies are drawn to pollen rich areas. Other pollinators tend to follow.
There are a few good ways to attract butterflies but here are a few things people don't always know.
Put out a dish of slightly muddy water. Use "clean" mud. The butterflies get minerals this way.
Plant flowers. There are many flowers that attract butterflies and other pollinators. Here are some great options: 17 Flowers That Attract Pollinators to Your Garden - Gardening Channel
The Monarch Butterfly "smells" with its antenna and "tastes" with its feet. Stop using chemical pesticides and herbicides. Instead try https://www.thespruce.com/companion-planting-with-chart-5025124
Plant native species; host plants, butterflies can be extremely specific.
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