The Q&A Archives: Resources for Butterfly Gardening in MN

Question: I live in west-central MN and am going to be planting my first butterfly garden this year. What types of butterflies are native to the area and what plants should I use in my garden to attract them? I have books on the subject but they are not area specific. I appreciate your web site very much. Thank you. Emily Moody Willmar, MN

Answer: Butterfly gardening is a wonderful pursuit. I highly recommend a book tilted Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden, by the Xerces Society/Smithsonian Institution (ISBN #0-87156-615-X). Here is a short list of species (from Appendix B of the above book) which reside in your area: Zebra Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Tiger Swallowtail, Orange Sulfur, Eastern Tailed Blue, Purplish Copper. You'll be happy to hear that there are many more! The book gives specific recommendations forplants that attract each species. What a great reference!

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