If you’re wondering what happened to all the butterflies, you’re not imagining things.
The sheer number of butterflies are on a major decline, and that’s probably why this beautiful creature that was once annoyingly common is now an exceedingly rare sight to be seen.
1. Plant lots of milkweed.
Hot tip: A site called LiveMonarch.com will give you free milkweed seeds if you send them a self-addressed stamped envelope.
2. Plant a variety of native species of plants and flowers to get more kinds of butterflies to visit.
Here’s a handy chart of what plants and flowers attract which species.
3. Feed the butterflies by making butterfly nectar.
4. Soak sponges (remember that they love bright colors!) in nectar in a shallow dish to create a butterfly feeder.
5. Glass stones in a shallow dish make for a pretty and simple butterfly and bee waterer.
6. Make a butterfly-attracting fruit feeder.
7. Put some large rocks in your garden in sunny spots for butterflies to bask on — they absorb heat from the sun and help raise their body temperature for flight.
8. Make a butterfly salt lick, which are particularly attractive to male butterflies.
With just a little extra effort, you can now bring on the butterflies in your own garden or yard.