Tag Archive: Butterfly

Design Your Own Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at in your landscape; they serve as important pollinators and indicators of the health of our environment. Attracting them to your garden and incorporating some features to get them to stay and make it their home involves a little planning ahead of time for optimum results. Queen butterfly. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/07/08/design-your-own-butterfly-garden/

Community Butterfly Habitat

I recently met with a group of community volunteers who are interested in providing more butterfly habitat in our public areas. Monarchs migrating to Mexico this time of year use northwest Florida as a stopover and feeding site, but if host plants are unavailable they cannot sustain a healthy population. In addition, Gulf fritillaries, buckeyes, …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/11/04/community-butterfly-habitat/

Plant Purple Passionflower Vine for Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Purple passionflower Gulf Fritillary caterpillars have a voracious appetite for purple passionflower vine Passiflora incarnata!  This native vine is a host for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly Agraulis vanilla larvae, is easy to grow, and readily available in garden centers. Like any other vine, it grows quickly and may spread across your garden, so keep this …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/09/02/plant-purple-passionflower-vine-for-gulf-fritillary-butterfly/

Design a Butterfly Garden

Photo courtesy of David Davidson Butterflies are not only beautiful to look at in the landscape; they serve as important pollinators of  fruiting plants. Attracting them to the garden and incorporating some features to get them to stay and reproduce involves advanced planning. Some steps to achieve butterfly garden optimization are outlined below. Choose a location that provides …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/03/27/design-a-butterfly-garden/