My butterfly display at the El Cerrito Library is up! It’s in the glass case at the front of the library. It will be there from June 5th through mid-July.
One of my aims is to show people how to garden to attract and nurture butterflies in their gardens. Along with some of my photos of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and of the anise swallowtail butterfly, and my artwork and crafts from my butterfly photos, I’ve put together some lists with information about local butterflies, their food sources and helpful plants. I’m attaching the lists to this post as pdfs for you to read and print out for your own use. If you want to copy them for any other use, please contact me for permission.
First, a partial list of Bay Area butterflies, with my photographs of a few of the butterflies:
Second, a partial list of larval host plants for local butterflies. These are the most critical plants, because the butterflies need them to lay their eggs on. When the eggs hatch, they eat the plant to survive until they change into chrysalises:
Third, nectar plants for butterflies. This is also a partial list to give you some ideas about what you can plant to provide nectar for Bay Area butterflies. Most adult butterflies feed on flower nectar. Not all flowers provide nectar, so if you really want to help the butterflies, try to include as many nectar-providing plants as possible. The butterflies will waste energy visiting flowers that don’t provide nectar. And of course butterflies are great pollinators, and as they feed on the nectar they carry pollen from previously visited flowers:
Fourth, I compiled a bibliography of books related to butterflies, native plants and gardening that are available in the El Cerrito Library. This is the link:
Last, but not least, George wrote a wonderful description of the evolution of our garden and yard into a wildlife habitat:
If you have any questions, just let me know in the comments. Hope you can make it to the display.