? asked in Home & GardenGarden & Landscape · 1 decade ago

what kind of flower does a painted lady butterfly like to drink from?

i whant to know because i got the butterfly garden kit from insect lore and i sent the coupon for painted lady caterpillars but i dont know what kind of flower the butterflys like to drink from

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Butterflies are similar to hummingbirds. They are attracted to bright colors ans sweet smelling flowers. So anything red or purple will usually be their first choice. Red flowers are endless, roses, tall phlox, four o'clocks... I had really good luck with my butterfly bushes & marigolds, as well as morning glories, trumpet vines & clematis with all butterflies & hummingbirds. Hummingbird feeders with the red color attracts butterflies also. A good clue is to see what plants bees are around & you will see butterflies feeding from the same flowers.

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  • urso
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Painted Lady Butterfly Food

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  • 5 years ago

    We are caring for an injured painted lady. He has a very long tongue so he likes flowers that have deep funnels filled with nectar, he snubs anything shallow. He loves lantana which can literally drip with nectar, dusty miller, asters, gerbera daisy, We have tried lots but those are his favorites. He will also lick juice off a strawberry but nothing too tart, he stormed off my finger after he tasted kiwi fruit. They do like the color red and will enjoy a sponge soaked with red fruit punch Gatorade. Flying butterflies will drink it from a hummingbird feeder. Lantana is good because you can give a new cluster each day. Make sure you have water, but do it this way, fill a dish with tiny pebbles and add a few spoonfulls of water so it's 1-2 mm deep. They need stones to stand on while drinking. It's ok if there is some dirt, they get minerals drinking mud/licking wet rocks. Use filtered water, if the air gets too dry mist them. They won't move in bad weather but will recover afterwards.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

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    what kind of flower does a painted lady butterfly like to drink from?

    i whant to know because i got the butterfly garden kit from insect lore and i sent the coupon for painted lady caterpillars but i dont know what kind of flower the butterflys like to drink from

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  • 1 decade ago

    More than 100 host plants have been recorded by scientists. Their favorites include thistles (Asteraceae), hollyhock and mallow (Malvaceae), and various legumes (Fabaceae).

    Adult food:

    The painted lady prefers nectar from plants 3-6 feet high, especially thistles; also aster, cosmos, blazing star, ironweed, and joe-pye weed. Flowers from other families that are visited include red clover, buttonbush, privet, and milkweeds.

    Habitat:

    These butterflies live almost everywhere, especially in open or disturbed areas including gardens, old fields, dunes.

    http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1...

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  • 1 decade ago

    I can tell you for a fact that they love zinnias! The other year when we had that big batch of Painted Ladies come by for a couple of days i just so happened to have about 1000 square feet of my garden just zinnias and I just sat back and watched them all week, it was the coolest thing, I must have had a hundred at any one time in the yard. It was so beautiful

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  • 1 decade ago

    You also need to know what kind of leaves the caterpillars will eat.

    "Larval Foodplants: Cheeseweed, (Malva spp.); thistles, Cirsium spp.; Dwarf Nettle (Urtica urens); lupine, Lupinus spp.; fiddleneck (Amsinckia spp.) and many other plants, particularly those belonging to the large plant family Compositae. The larvae, when present in large numbers, have also have been known to cause local damage to beans, artichokes and mint (Cooperative Economic Insect Report 23 (21): 307, 1973)."

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  • 1 decade ago

    Favorite butterfly flowers = aster, cosmos, thistle, and buttonbush.

    Favorite caterpillar plants = thistle, mallow, hollyhock, malva, and sunflower.

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  • 4 years ago

    Lantana/dusty miller are good. The clusters have deep wells dripping with nectar- you can give them a fresh cluster every day. Mine loves strawberries if I bite into it first. A sponge with red fruit punch Gatorade is good. They like fruit ripe ( over ripe even) and sweet, not tart.

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  • 1 decade ago

    get on the internet and research it. There's a lot of good info out there.

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