Online Class: Butterfly Gardens
Welcome to our course on butterfly gardens. Butterflies are beautiful and delightful members of the insect family, not only fun to watch, but also to raise. For those interested in observing and enjoying numerous butterfly species, there's no better way to attract them than to create a butterfly garden. Throughout this course, students will learn how to attract butterflies based on their species and focusing on planting the types of flowers they prefer. Creating butterfly-friendly habitats means designing an eco-friendly butterfly garden that provides butterflies with adequate sources of food, sunlight, and shelter.
When considering a butterfly garden, students will also learn different approaches to raising butterflies and how to care for them at all stages of development. A variety of feeding methods will be explored, as will the importance of choosing the right kind of plants and flowers that produce life-giving nectar. In addition, students will learn how to watch for and identify a variety of butterfly behaviors including feeding, basking, and mating.
A butterfly garden requires not only routine grounds maintenance, but also considerations for providing butterflies with a variety of housing options, feeders, and protection against pests and predators. While butterflies are perfectly capable of surviving in a wild environment, it never hurts to provide them with a backup, and we'll offer several easy and inexpensive ways to provide shelter, food, and water for your butterflies.
Students are encouraged to use their own imagination when creating a butterfly garden, but we'll also provide a brief description of some of the most popular butterfly gardens and exhibits in the United States to get you started. This course on butterfly gardens concludes with the basics of raising taxa-specific butterflies, including some of the most popular species found throughout the United States.
Lesson 1: Creating a Butterfly Garden - The BasicsButterfly gardens create a unique environment for local butterfly species, and can bring hours of enjoyment to butterfly enthusiasts
Lesson 2: Attracting ButterfliesIn this lesson, we'll explain how to attract butterflies from your region, and give you an idea of the types of plants and flowers that attract specific types of butterflies.
Lesson 3: Designing a Butterfly GardenIn this lesson, we'll introduce students to the basics of designing a butterfly garden.
Lesson 4: Approaches to Butterfly RaisingRaising butterflies from an egg to caterpillar to butterfly is an excellent way to also release adult butterflies back into the wild, which benefits their continued presence in our environments.
Lesson 5: Caring for Butterfly ImmaturesIn this lesson, we'll focus more deeply on caring for 'immatures', more commonly known as butterfly eggs, larva, to chrysalis, before the butterfly emerges as an adult.
Lesson 6: Feeding MethodsIn this lesson, we'll focus on several specific feeding methods and approaches to ensure that your butterfly eggs, larva or caterpillars and adults get everything they need within the environment you have provided for them.
Lesson 7: Butterfly BehaviorsIn this lesson, we'll discuss a few interesting butterfly behaviors that you can watch for after you've created your butterfly garden.
Lesson 8: Butterfly Garden MaintenanceWe'll talk about maintaining your butterfly garden in this lesson, as well as a variety of housing options you can provide for your butterflies.
Lesson 9: Butterfly Gardens and Exhibits in the U.S.In this lesson, we'll briefly profile some of the most popular and visited butterfly exhibits and gardens in the U.S.
Lesson 10: Raising Taxa-Specific ButterfliesIn this final lesson regarding butterfly gardens, we encourage students to try their hand at raising taxa-specific or species-specific butterflies.
- Describe creating a butterfly garden - the basics.
- Describe ways to attract butterflies.
- Summarize designing a butterfly garden and approaches to raising butterflies.
- Describe caring for butterfly immatures and feed methods.
- Summarize butterfly behaviors.
- Describe butterfly garden maintenance.
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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