butterflies and birds

To: <>, "Victoria E Quinton" <>
Subject: butterflies and birds
From: "Anne & Roger Green" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2001 12:50:33 +1030
Hello Victoria.
As a broad generalisation, many nectar-feeding birds are attracted to red or
green flowers, often with a tubular shape. Many insects, including
butterflies, appreciate having a broad platform on which to land. The flower
colour can be white, yellow, purple (especially attractive to honey bees) or
shades of red/pink. They are often seen on compound heads of tiny flowers eg
daisies, Pimelia and also Creeping Boobialla (Myoporum parvifolium).
Insect-eating birds go where the insects are!
I always tell people ANY native plant is attractive/useful to birds, not
only for food but also shelter. Butterflies need food for their caterpillars
and this is specific to each species - only research in a butterfly
reference will give you the food plants for each species.
Hope this helps.
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