This habitat specifically contains host plants for the caterpillars, who will later turn into butterflies. For this habitat to be installed, it must be in conjunction with a Pollinator patch. This is to provide nectar foods for the adult butterflies before and after laying their eggs.
This habitat is an excellent way to get your friends and family interested in wildlife gardening. Watching a caterpillar munch on leaves, grow, pupate, and emerge into a butterfly is fun, entertaining, and gratifying. Check out the metamorphosis cycle below!
What is a host plant? A host plant is a plant on which the butterfly lays their eggs. The eggs hatch and the caterpillars begin to eat that specific species of plant. This relationship has evolved over millions of years, but because of habitat destruction and loss, certain host plants are becoming harder and harder to find, thereby making butterfly populations plummet.
By providing host and nectar plants, you support all life stages of the butterfly, and in turn do a tremendous act of helping the environment.Contact us today to set up a consultation.