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  • Subject: [cg] Butterfly plants
  • From: "Karen Jones" k.jones@uwinnipeg.ca
  • Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 16:15:24 -0500

  Butterflies are great .. We had a butterfly expert talk to our
Horticultural Society. Apparently they (the butterflies)  cruise about
20 meters above looking for spots of colour so you should have about 10 
plants grouped together so they can see them. You should get a butterfly
book for your area. This will tell you what plants the catepillars feed
on. If you want to attract a specific species plant the catepillar food.
If you just want to attract stray adults anything in the carrot family
will do. They like the broad platform that the flowers form (umbels) to
land on and feed. Mourning cloak butterflies love Angelica, where I work
we have an out door garden on the 5th floor of a building downtown and
we get tons of butterflies looking for a place to lay their eggs. Be
prepared to suffer plant damage though.  Karen 

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