Some facts about butterflies:
- o Most caterpillars develop through five stages (instars), molting between each stage, over two to six weeks before forming a chrysalis.
- o Adult butterflies feed on flower nectar, using it as an energy source for flight and egg production.
- o Butterflies rest, hidden plant foliage, during nights and on cloudy or rainy days.
- o And plants that flower throughout the summer and into October and November attract migrating butterflies.
Some ideas to start with are:
- o Blue mist flowers attract many types of butterflies.
- o Lantana in assorted colors, which are very drought tolerant needs to be pruned back a couple of
- o times during the year
- o Scarlet sage or red salvia, which also attracts humming birds
- o Butterfly weed, which is also called Mexican Milkweed orange, are great for attracting monarch butterflies
- o Purple sage or cenizo bushes not only attract beautiful creatures, but can also be used to make
- o tea to clear up sinus congestion
- o Yellow buttercups attract the Fritillary Butterfly
- o Herb garden, blooming dill attracts swallowtail butterfly
A list of STC biology courses can be found at http://ms.southtexascollege.edu/biology/courses/descriptions.html. Or you can call 956-872-2023.