There are over 700 species of butterflies in North America. So why does it seem we only see a few here and there?
Much of our butterflies’ natural habitat has been steadily diminishing due to residential and commercial development. The plants they have used for food and larvae are no longer readily available. In addition, the use of pesticides and insecticides to control ‘undesirable’ insects has had the same effects on butterflies.
What’s more, the survival rate of butterflies in the wild is just 1%!
The good news is butterflies are still out there. They’ve just moved on to where they can find food and host plants. This is where you can help, by turning your garden into a welcoming butterfly habitat.