Butterfly Season Warms Up
By Patrick Comins on May 11, 2013, 3:33pm Last modified: May 14, 2013, 10:41am
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Spring is here and the butterflies are starting to fly.
I found these swallowtails yesterday in the parking lot at my office at the Audubon Center at Bent of the River in Southbury, CT.
The Bent is a great place to see a wide variety of butterflies, but you don't have to travel to see beautiful butterflies. Just a small 10'X10' butterfly garden can help to attract these fascinating insects right to your yard or office.
Above are a spicebush swallowtail (l) and an eastern tiger swallowtail (r). Both species will visit nectar gardens, but you can really enhance your chances by planting host plants on which they can lay their eggs.
Both of them will lay their eggs on spicebush (Lindera benzoin), but tiger swallowtails will also be attracted to cherries, native magnolias and a wide variety of other native trees and shrubs.
They will also land on wet sandy areas to absorb minerals and salts that are necessary for their survival.