by Erica Walker
Did You Know? Some native butterflies such as the Mourning Cloak, Eastern Comma, and Red Banded Hairstreak hibernate and overwinter as adults under fallen leaves and in holes of old plant material, and holes in trees for the winter months to keep warm and safe during the winter.
The Eastern Black Swallowtail, Giant Swallowtail, Western Tiger Swallowtail, and Viceroy overwinter as their Chrysalids under leaves, on stems of old plant material, and on old twigs.
Please leave the leaves where they’re in your property. Make a few large piles of fallen leaves up against your fence in the backyard, and cover your gardens with fallen leaves so all of those butterflies and chrysalids have a home for the winter. Also please leave your gardens alone and let them be till The May Long Weekend so butterflies, butterfly chrysalids, and other insects have homes for the winter.
When we don’t leave the leaves, and don’t let the gardens be in the fall we are actually getting rid of all of those butterflies, butterfly chrysalids, and other insects where they end up not having a home and they go to the landfill which isn’t a good thing for them since they won’t be able to do what they’re meant to do in life which is pollinate.
If you would like to see more Butterflies, Fireflies, Bumble Bees, Beetles, and Lady Beetles next year please leave your leaves and let your gardens be.
If you are interested in learning more about butterflies, ways to attract butterflies and other pollinators to the yard, and you would like to do your part in bringing back the butterflies and other pollinators to our country come join my Country Wide Butterfly Project called Protecting The Butterfly Species Across Canada . My Project is very well known across Ontario, and all over Canada. Anyone is more than welcome to join , and be a part of this wonderful cause to help Nature .
Let’s Work Together As A Team To Save The Butterflies