Tag Archives: butterfly host

How do we get more butterflies…plant host plants that the adults like to lay eggs on…and the baby caterpillar larvae like to eat!           The Red Admiral caterpillar larvae like the plants we consider weeds…plants of the nettle family…we are most familiar with stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) and maybe hops (Humulus). […]

Add to Insects…those butterflies that eat our garden food and flowers…like the Cabbage Butterfly.  It ranges over most of the United States and the green caterpillar larvae feed on cabbages, mustard, other wild plants.  Sometimes you will see a flock of a dozen or two adults in seach of a row of cabbages.   The […]

Host Plants for Butterflies…I should clarify…those are the plants that the adult butterfly lays her eggs on so that the larvae (baby caterpillars) have food to eat when they hatch from the egg. As the caterpillar grows, it sheds its skin 3 or 4 times and then builds a chrysalis which is the final stage […]

Weeding…Yep, that’s a part of what I do.  I like to pull the weeds while they are little and not taking up the moisture and nutrients from  the plants.  Weeds are notorious for showing up when I’ve just turned my back…how is that, I ask.  Must be that they know when I’m looking the other […]

Turtlehead is the common name…and it’s a host plant for butterflies. Beautiful plant as a backdrop for shorter plants all season long. And when it blooms…it’s an eye catcher. Plant one or several, you’ll be glad you did. Gentle Gardens has several in different areas.