Who loves butterflies?

July 19, 2018

It's butterfly time again at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. 

Bloomin' Butterflies runs from July 19-August 12th, and it's a great chance to get up close and personal with these amazing insects.

From Olbrich's website: 
Experience the magnificence of free-flying butterflies while strolling through the tropical Bolz Conservatory. Live butterflies emerge from chrysalises daily in the Conservatory, including low-flyers like the playful yellow and black striped zebras and bright orange julias. More than a dozen species of butterflies, native to both Wisconsin and the more tropical areas of the southern United States can be seen at various times during the exhibit.

But if you'd like to attract more butterflies to your yard, here are some tips from the National Wildlife Federation.

1. Lure them in. You might already know that monarch butterflies are big fans of milkweed, but butterflies in general love flowers that are  red, yellow, orange, pink and purple blossoms, are flat-topped or clustered and have short flower tubes. 

2. Provide a place for butterflies to rest.  Place flat stones in your garden to provide space for butterflies to rest and bask in the sun. 

3. Say no to insecticides. Malathion, Sevin, and diazinon are marketed to kill insects. Don't use these materials in or near the butterfly garden or better, anywhere on your property. 

Get more info here.