Photos of butterflies in Toddy Benivegna's Roxbury garden! You can attract them too!

 

Toddy writes, “I have found many unreliable butterfly flower lists that include plants that, in my garden, attracted few if any butterflies. Every year I observe and collect data re the frequency and type of butterflies landing on the various flowers in my butterfly garden. If I find that a particular flower (nectar source) is not very popular, the next year it is replaced with a promising alternative. The plants mentioned below are my top recommendations.”

Tiger Swallowtail

First 2019 Sighting in Toddy's Garden: 5/19/19

Host Plant: wild black cherry*, tulip tree*

 

Nectar Plant: purple coneflower*, bee balm (species)*, phlox 'Jeana'*, Brazilian verbena, Mexican sunflower

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spicebush Swallowtail

First 2019 Sighting in Toddy's Garden: 5/27/19

Host Plant: spicebush*, sassafras*

 

Nectar Plant: bee balm (species)*, phlox 'Jeana'*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monarch

First 2019 Sighting in Toddy's Garden: 6/14/19

Host Plant: common milkweed*, swamp milkweed*, butterfly weed*

 

Nectar Plant: butterfly bush, purple coneflower*, meadow blazing star*,Brazilian verbena, Mexican sunflower, phlox 'Jeana'*, bee balm (species)*

 

 

 

 

 

Fritillary

First 2019 Sighting in Toddy's Garden: 7/18/19

Host Plant: common violet*

 

Nectar Plant: purple coneflower*, Mexican sunflower

*Native Connecticut Plant