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Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden

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Butterflies bring a magical experience to every garden. 

Butterflies favor a diversity of big, flat clusters of small flowers that provide both nectar and a convenient place to land. They also need plants to act as food plants (hosts) for their larvae (caterpillars). Although many different kinds of butterflies will visit the flowers in your garden, the larval food plants are specific to the types of butterflies whose caterpillars feed on them.

Read the attached pdf file for information about the butterflies we see in Ventura County, their host plants, and some of the best butterfly plants to include in your garden.


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