Butterflies Nectar Preferences

Michael Gochfeld gochfeld at eohsi.rutgers.edu
Sat Jun 23 18:03:18 EDT 2001

Many horticultural varieties are "doubles" flowers which have been bred 
to convert all the organs to "petals". Some are pretty, some seem to be 
a travesty, but in general if you get rid of the stamens and ovaries, 
you are likely to get rid of the nectar sources as well. 

Double Zinnias, for example, are much more popular in New Jersey 
nurseries than "wild type", and, in our experience, are worthless as 
butterfly flowers. 

M. Gochfeld


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