Why do I Need Both Host & Nectar Plants?With both host and nectar plants in your garden, you will provide an entire habitat in which your butterflies will call home!
Host plants are eaten by caterpillars. Each butterfly species requires a specific host plant . As an example, monarch caterpillars only feed on milkweed.
Nectar plants provide food, in the form of nectar, to adult butterflies. The flowers of any single nectar plant will attract a variety of butterflies.
The Monarch Butterfly Needs Our Help!Here at Butterfly Encounters we are encouraging everyone to plant milkweed seeds for the monarch butterfly. The caterpillar stage of the monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed plants. As land is developed and milkweed populations diminish, the monarch butterflies habitat is lost. We can rebuild this habitat by planting milkweed seeds in our gardens.