Caterpillar to butterfly kits give you the chance to observe close-up the fascinating life cycle of butterflies. Seeing a tiny caterpillar grow into a large fat grub, then turning into a chrysalis, and emerging as a butterfly is a fantastic experience. Butterfly kits can be a wonderful gift for kids. Or, you can raise butterflies to release into your garden to help pollinate plants.
If you’re looking for a fun and rewarding educational activity to share with your children at home, why not involve them in the creation of a butterfly garden in your back (or front) yard?
To most children (and many adults!) butterflies are whimsical little garden dwellers and one of the closest things we have to the fairies in children’s stories. Colorful and playful, they are pollinators and a fabulous addition to your garden.
Attracting beautiful butterflies to your garden is a priority for many gardeners. Not only are these lovely little creatures gorgeous to look at, but they are also important pollinators. One way you can attract butterflies to your backyard is by growing butterfly weed.
Creating a butterfly garden can attract hordes of these beautiful flying insects in summer. Butterflies come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Monarchs, red admirals, swallowtails, and skippers are just some of the types of butterflies you can entice to your yard. These fluttering insects are fascinating and they play an essential role in your garden’s biodiversity.
Planting flowers that attract honey bees is a great way to help boost the population of these beneficial insects. Flowering plants that bees love is also essential to have if you keep bees for honey. Brightly colored flowers such as asters, marigolds, lavender, and crocus are some of the best flowers to plant in your garden.
Many pesticides used in gardening can kill pests as well as beneficial insects such as bees. If you keep bees, you know about the challenges of protecting bees from pesticides. Even if you use bee-safe insecticides, chances are your bees will probably pollinate flowers in neighboring gardens were no pesticides are used.
Flowering plants and bees share a relationship which is known as mutualism, meaning both individual species benefit equally from the relationship. Flowers are crucial to bees, just as bees are crucial to flowers. It is thanks to bees (and a few other insects) that plants are pollinated, which enables plants to reproduce. But exactly what is pollination?