Questions tagged [butterflies]

Butterflies are part of the class of Insects in the order Lepidoptera. Moths are also included in this order. Adults butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.

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What is this beautiful pest that affects my garden?

I noticed this butterfly in my garden recently. She loves to rest on gauras. At the same time, my Cornus sanguinea have been almost destroyed this spring by an unknown pest. Could it be that this ...
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Will glyphosate directly harm Monarchs or other butterflies?

A large portion of my yard is infested with (non-native) Japanese knotweed, which is nearly impossible to remove without herbicides. I have been waiting until late summer/early autumn to begin an ...
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What kind of butterfly is this one? [closed]

This one seems to be from the era of black-white telavision :), but still I a kind of like it.
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Insect - Name of the insect

I clicked the picture of this insect near my plants. Can anyone help me in identifying this insect.
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Recommendations for climbers that'll climb by a walnut tree

I've got a large walnut tree (Juglans regia), and I am happy with it, I just want to improve further that part of my garden to be more attractive to birds and butterflies. My idea is to plant a ...
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Is this a pest moth or friendly butterfly?

I found this odd flying insect hanging out on our Zucchini plant. I couldn't make out if it was a moth or a butterfly, friend or foe. Looks like a friendly insect, anybody know what it is and how it ...
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Plants that attract butterflies and dragonflies

I am in Zone 9b and want to attract butterflies and dragonflies in my backyard. What can I do and what plants do I need to grow to encourage them to stay around?
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Caterpillars don't lay eggs so how is this happening?

I noted a very large number of cabbage white (the yellow and black ones) caterpillars on the side of my house recently - the house bounds a field currently growing cauliflower. The caterpillars look ...
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Help with caterpillar identification

I found this caterpillar a few days ago, and at that time it was green with lighter green stripes running along its body, black spots on its head, and a few fine hairs. It had made a leaf of one of ...
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I've read that butterflies like sunflowers, do they also like sunchokes?

With "adopting" a lot of monarchs last year (to see them grow), and starting a sunchoke patch, has anyone had any luck with their sunchoke patch attracting butterflies and caterpillars?
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What plants are best for attracting butterflies to a small garden?

How can I attract butterflies to my small garden? What flower plants are ideal for attracting them? Details: Garden is in a fenced backyard, faces North-East. Not shaded, gets sunlight from about ...
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What kind of caterpillar is this?

About 2 cm (when I found them). They are olive green. They have a black head, and black dots on the side, around the spiracles. They are not hairy. If I counted right, they have three pairs of prolegs ...
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How do I change this to a butterfly garden?

My front yard has 2 flower beds. One small one is a rain garden with Turk's cap connected to the down spout from a roof gutter. The larger one has two rose bushes, 2 salvias, 1 dying dwarf Mexican ...
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Is it possible to tell by shape of the flower if it will attract butterflies or hummingbirds?

Looking through plants, I've started noticing that all the flowers marked that they attract hummingbirds have flowers with deep, tube-like, petals. Meanwhile, it seems like the plants that are marked ...
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What can I plant to attract butterflies and other pollinators in Minnesota?

A lot of plants can pollinate themselves. Fruits: Tomatoes, Strawberries Vegetables: Peppers, Eggplant, Snap Beans, Lima Beans, Lettuce, Endive, Peas, Cabbage, Broccoli, Beets, Kohlrabi ...
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How are weeds controlled in a butterfly garden?

I have a large packet of a large assortment of seeds growing in a prepared bed. Probably 20 different varieties of flower for a "Butterfly Garden" which I have scattered in the plot. I don't mind ...