The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on March 28, 1998 · Page 61
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 61

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, March 28, 1998
Page 61
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HOMES AbVEfcttsiNG -SUPPLEMENT Wfftfe 'SAitriA JOURNAL Attracting Butterflies Brightly colored butterflies can be a welcome addition to your Backyard Wildlife Habitat. To attract the greatest number of butterflies and have them as residents in your yard, you will need to have plants that serve the needs of all life stages of the butterfly. They need a place to lay eggs, food plants for the larva (caterpillar), a place to form a chrysalis, and nectar sources for the adult. Most adult butterflies may live 20-40 days. Some, however, are believed to live no longer than three or four days, while others, such as overwintering mon- archs, may live six months. Adults searching for nectar are attracted to red, yellow, orange, pink, or purple blossoms that are flat-topped or clustered and have short flower tubes which allow the butterflies to reach the nectar, with their proboscis. Nectar producing plants should be grown in open, sunny areas, as adults rarely feed on plants in the shade. . ' Some caterpillars are picky eaters, and rely on only one or two species of plants. The caterpillar of the giant swallowtail butterfly in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states feeds on just one native plant food the northern prickly ash. Others, such as the red- spotted purple will feed on a variety of deciduous trees. Butterfly Houses When planning your butterfly garden, you may want to include a butterfly house. These houses can make interesting conversation pieces and possibly supply butterflies a place to hibernate. After you purchase or build your butterfly house and place it in your garden, don't expect butterflies to flock to it like birds flock to a bird house. What we refer to as a "butterfly house" should actually be called a "hibernating box." The boxes are meant as places for certain species of butterflies to overwinter in. When placing your butterfly house there are a few things that you should remember. First, they will not be used until the fall. Second, the butterflies that utilize them prefer the safety of the woods as opposed to the open garden setting. To . make them more effective they should be placed in a woody section of your garden if it is possible. The host plants for the species preferring boxes should be planted nearby. Mourning Cloaks, Anglewings and Tortoiseshells will be most prone to use them. Elm, Willow, Nettles, Poplar, and Hops are the favored host of your would-be tenants. Later, blooming nectar sources will also increase activity. Sedums and Asters are good choices, but your personal favorites .will work also. By having the nectar source close by, they may be more likely to visit your butterfly house. Many people argue the correct height in which to place the butterfly house, but it probably doesn't matter what height that the house is placed. Since, during the winter, these hibernators can be found under logs on the ground, in the eaves of houses and state park signs, or in the grasses. They will overwinter at any level where opportunities exist; As the cold winds of winter approach, there may not be much time for house hunting. If you are interested in building your own buttefly hpuse, you can get plans for one at the Lakewood Discovery Center in Salina or they will send you the plans if you call (785) 826-7335. You can also view butterfly house plans when you visit the Butterfly WebSite at terfly/ PERSEPOLIS HOUSE OF ftRSIAN AND ORIENTAL RUGS \ o \v o i> i; N t We hand wash Oriental rugs t We pay top dollar for your old rugs vtoy Ifynws/or 2,4 Years" 129 S. Santa Fe t Salina »1400-873-8788 Butterfly Facts ft Over 700 species of butterflies are found in North America but very few are agricultural pests. ft Adult butterflies range in size from the half inch pigmy blue found in southern California, to the giant female Queen Alexandra's birdwing of New ; Guinea, which measures about 10 inches from wing tip to wing tip. ft Butterfly tarsi or "feet" possess a' sense similar to taste: contact with sweet liquids such as nectar causes the proboscis to uncoil. ft Millions of shinglelike, overlapping scales give butterfly wings their colors and patterns. Metallic, irridescent hues come from faceted scales that re fract light; solid colors are from pigment scales. ft During the time from hatching to pupating (forming the pupa or chrysalis), the caterpillar may increase its'body size more than 30,000 times. ft The chrysalises or pupae of many common gossamer wings — a group of butterflies which includes the blues, hairstreaks and elfins — are capable of producing weak sounds. By flexing and rubbing together body segment membranes, sounds are generated which may frighten off small predators and parasites. NEW & IMPROVED Now with Higher Reflectivity Providing Even More Natural Light EASY INSTALLATION Most Installations take less than 2 hours Guaranteed Not To Leak. ENERGY EFFICIENT Unique Design Provides Minimal Heat Loss or Gain TEN YEAR. PRODUCT WARRANTY . FREE CONSULTATION Call TODAY To Arrange Your FREE, No-Obligation, In-Home Consultation. •a V4^^* charges for nan- standard inslalUuia/n and options. 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