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The Monarch Butterfly has become an iconic member of the Butterfly group class of insects in the order: Lepodoptera. This Butterfly, may perhaps be the most popular, and possibly the catalyst to help bring awareness to us how fragile our ecosystem is through it's declined population in our ever-changing landscape. Our mission is to help encourage and support a natural environment filled with host plants and nectar sources. We are butterfly
landscapers! Here to discuss landscaping to accomodate the natures beautiful butterflies~

Location: Centerville OH - Bellbrook OH
Members: 5
Latest Activity: Apr 18, 2015

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To have weed cloth or not to have weed cloth ~ that is the question:|

Started by Laurel Benner Apr 18, 2015. 0 Replies

In preparation for laying out and implementing any awesome planned butterfly garden, one of the considerations is using WEED CLOTH....? Any strong opinions one way or another about using WEED CLOTH…Continue

Tags: cloth, chemicals, weed, weeds, garden

Did you ever chase Butterflies or Moths as a kid or remember them being around?

Started by Laurel Benner. Last reply by Laurel Benner Mar 28, 2015. 2 Replies

We would go to the Ohio River around manchester..we would always see dragon flies or damsel flies....on the seat in the boat or landing on our bathing suits and hold your breath thinking they might…Continue

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Comment by Laurel Benner on March 25, 2015 at 6:22pm

Ventral View (underside), Black Swallowtail, Female

I found this Butterfly late in the afternoon, behind my house, near a creek bed although she was slow, she may have just emerged from the chrysalis.

She was hanging out in a field of Timothy Grasses.  Grass is not a host plant, you would find these beauties on Fennel, Dill, PParsley and Common Rue!  Plant the Fennel and Dill in stages, start some now indoors, and then sew some directly when it warms up about May 9.  Find Rue at Stockslagers or Meadowview, ask for Common Rue.  I have some meadow rue and still looking to see if they are stopping and depositing eggs on that plant...havnt seen any yet.  Always look for "Penta's" when you are shopping at these greenhouses, they go fast and is a favorite amoung Butterflies!  more photos later of chrysalis and catapillar and eggs of this Black swallowtail, thank you 

Comment by Laurel Benner on March 25, 2015 at 4:51pm

I also shop at Knollwood! and BROWN's nursery which is in Phillipsburg although may be all wholesale. I have been getting the bug for wanting to grow, although this morning i opened up an article about how the nursery that sells wholesale to WALMART, LOWES, HOMEDEPOT etc, in Texas, is trying to make up for what they put out last year (milkweed sprayed with pesticides) and so they are claiming they have zillions of plants ready to sell in the big box stores....not sure if that makes me happy or very sad, once again...the little greenhouse doesn't get a chance at an important task, to supply the world with milkweed! hoping this isn't just a bigbox making money. A lot of people had lots of caterpillars that died last year. cross your fingers.

Comment by Laurel Benner on March 25, 2015 at 4:42pm
Great to hear you all are working at this to help sustain these guys food, host plants and environment! I usually hit Meadowview and depending on what Butterfly you are attracting would define what plant you would be planting. Milkweed family is for the Monarchs and I do think it is quite odd the license plate shows a coneflower for OHIO with the MONARCH where Milkweed is the HOST PLANT! Common Milkweed with the wide leaves is great because...they are heavy eaters and if you have raised them you know what i am saying!! We also grow tropical milkweed which has the red blooms with yellow centers - Asclepias Curasavica. Last summer when i ran out of both I tried swamp milkweed and it had the pink/mauve flowers it is called Asclepias Incarnata. Now if you want to attract the Zebra Swallowtail, you will plant two PawPaw plants, or trees, and it doesn't matter how large they are, the Zebra's are finding them and laying eggs on tiny sprouts! Also plant Fennel, and Parsley, and Dill, that is for Black Swallowtails. People are going bonkers about Butterflies, i am so glad! i will try to get a chart of the flower that attracts the Butterfly....in progress here!
Comment by Barry Rice on March 25, 2015 at 11:34am

Knollwood and Meadowview Gardens are excellent places to find plants for butterfly. Other plants I have in my landscape for butterfly are butterfly bush, butterfly weed, and purple coneflowers.

Comment by Dennis McDaniel on March 24, 2015 at 9:33pm

Hi, this subject is new to me but I do know milkweed is helpful to butterflies and will attract them. Would you suggest a garden center like Knollwood to purchase the correct plants? Any other suggestions of plants I should look for?

Comment by Barry Rice on March 24, 2015 at 8:13pm

The milkweed plant variety is called Soulmate and the flowers are pink/mauve. The joe pye weed variety is called Phantom and the flowers are pink. I have 21 plants between the two of them and plan to add more to my butterfly garden this spring.

Comment by Laurel Benner on March 24, 2015 at 2:43pm

That is very cool Barry...are your swamp milkweed pink/mauve or are they white? This is Asclepias "incarnata"....I myself collected seeds from the creek behind my house; the blooms are a pink/mauve and the leaves are very thin compared to common milkweed. As you may already know, a favorite host plant of the Monarch Butterfly...getting a lot of due attention at this moment! Joe-Pye Weed is very tall....Eupatorium....Jopi was a native healer, just like the milkweed, Joe-Pye is a medicinal plant! thank you for joining...I am just getting started with the blog... so I appreciate your patience so much! ask, tell, and add!

Comment by Barry Rice on March 24, 2015 at 1:16pm

I have planted swamp milkweed and joy pye weed in my landscape garden for the butterflies.

 
 
 

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