Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly Gardening Tips for Western Pennsylvania

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Butterfly Gardening | 0 comments

Butterfly Gardening Tips for Western Pennsylvania

BUTTERFLY GARDENING TIPS FOR WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA Butterfly Gardening Tips  Do not use pesticides and herbicides Most kill butterflies, caterpillars and beneficial insects. Harmful insects quickly become immune. Predatory insects and birds will control pests, given time. They may sometimes snack on your butterflies and caterpillars, but you can protect caterpillars by hand-raising them in a cage or enclosed area. Choose a sunny, protected area An area receiving at least 5 to 6 hours of sun daily is preferable. Butterflies seldom feed in shade. Most plants favored by butterflies prefer...

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Milkweed

Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Butterfly Gardening | 0 comments

Milkweed

Milkweed – the food for the Monarch butterflies Milkweed is a great nectar plant for butterflies, but it is also the host plant for Monarch butterflies.  A host plant is the plant that a butterfly must lays its eggs on for the caterpillars to eat and grow.   Some butterflies have a variety of host plants, but the Monarch butterfly can only use milkweed to lay its eggs on.  There are many different types of milkweed.  The USDA lists the different types and has more information about each of them. Plant milkweed to help the Monarch population.  The Monarch population for 2013 has...

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Planting the Seeds/ Day 1

Posted by on Jan 16, 2011 in Butterfly Gardening | 0 comments

Planting the Seeds/ Day 1

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is the host plant for Red Admiral Butterflies. Wish Upon A Butterfly has raised Red Admirals butterflies in the past, but we are always looking for new and better ways to raise butterflies more efficiently and with less effort.  This year we have decided to start Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)from seeds and have Stinging Nettle in pots to feed our caterpillars.   I don’t know many places that choose to raise this plant let alone try to raise it potted, so this is a new journey that we wanted to keep a journal of. Not knowing if the seeds needed to be...

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First Monarch Eggs for the Year

Posted by on Jan 14, 2011 in Butterfly Gardening, Celebrating with Butterflies | 1 comment

First Monarch Eggs for the Year

  As I look out the window at the snow covered fields and the snow lazily falling, it seems like summer is a long way off, but then I look at the calendar and know that Wish Upon A Butterfly needs to start gearing up for the 2011 butterfly season.  Lots of plans are in the works to make this year (keep tuned)  an even more exciting year than last year.   Our Monarchs have laid their first Monarch eggs for the year.  Soon there will be the lots of little caterpillars hatching out and lots of little caterpillars to feed.   The Painted Ladies pupae are about ready to emerge to start...

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Butterfly Farming in December

Posted by on Dec 28, 2010 in Butterfly Gardening, Celebrating with Butterflies | 0 comments

Butterfly Farming in December

It is that time of year again. It is time to start planting seeds so we have lots of host plants to feed our caterpillars this spring. If you had told me that I would be planting Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) 10 years ago, I would have told you were crazy. You must have a lot of respect for this plant. As a butterfly farmer, I have come to appreciate this plant. It will let you know if you come in contact with it. Your hands get that feeling as if they were asleep and just waking up. That feeling of a million needles pricking your hands. We now have this plant growing in abundance around...

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