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Monarch caterpillars

Monarch caterpillar munching away on what’s left of that clump of milkweed in my garden. Good thing I have more milkweed in other parts of the garden!

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For Monarchs to feel welcomed in your garden you’ll need Milkweed, which is a host plant for the caterpillar, and nectar plants for the butterflies. Milkweed is one of the few dual host /nectar plants for Monarchs. Other great nectar plants are coneflower, rudbeckia, bee balm, cosmos, duranta, liatris, butterfly bush, firebush, porterweed, Mexican bush sage, tall red pentas, Verbena bonariensis, lantana, zinnia, bronze fennel, passionflower, and common rue, among others.

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Want to add a butterfly garden but aren’t sure how to do it? Well, I can help you with that because butterfly and hummingbird gardens are one of my specialties! Go ahead ..  pick up that phone and give me call to set up an appointment. The butterflies will thank you.

Happy digging in the dirt  …

Jeanni and Gibbs

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Moths

What comes to mind when you think of moths? Brown, not so pretty bugs that fly around lights at night? In actuality, moths come in lots of different colors and even the caterpillars can be pretty unique. Moths are every bit as important as butterflies when it comes to pollination; moths just do all their work at night. Some plants are more fragrant at night so as to attract the moths. Light colored flowers, especially white, are very attractive to moths cause they’re easier to see at night.

This article about National Moth Week has pics of beautiful moths and caterpillars.

Happy digging in the dirt …

Jeanni and Gibbs