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Amazing Facts about Butterflies

Did you know that a butterfly caterpillar makes a chrysalis; a moth caterpillar makes a cocoon? When a caterpillar is ready to make a chrysalis it will travel away from the plants that are its food source and find a place to hang in a J shape. While the caterpillar is hanging it is metamorphosizing into the chrysalis. When it is ready, it will wiggle off its outer caterpillar skin and it drops to the ground, revealing the chrysalis. Butterflies are very temperature sensitive at all stages of the life cycle. We had a swallowtail chrysalis in our garden for 5 months before a beautiful butterfly came out. We thought it died, but it was hibernating! Butterflies can drink nectar from any flower, but caterpillars are fussy eaters! Each species of butterfly must lay its eggs on the specific plant that will nourish its caterpillars. These are called larval plants, or host plants. By planting a variety of host plants, we attract butterflies to lay their eggs in our garden! Monarchs must lay their eggs on Milkweed (Asclepias)! A beautiful Anise Swallowtail will come to lay eggs on anise or fennel. The sulphurs like the cassia. Fritillaries like the Passion Fruit vines. If you would like to attract more butterflies to your garden, check out this website and remember, NEVER use pesticides!!!: