Ladew Topiary Gardens

Named One of the Top 5 Gardens
in North America

Butterfly Meadow

This garden was designed to provide food for the two active stages of the butterfly life cycle. Caterpillars are the juvenile stage; they chew on soft leaves and twigs. Typically caterpillars have favorite “host” plants on which they feed. Since they are voracious eaters, caterpillars can damage their host plants significantly. In the adult butterfly stage,
chewing mouthparts have been transformed into a proboscis, a tube suitable only for feeding on liquid materials such as nectar from flowers, rotting fruit, carrion, and feces. Because juveniles and adults eat differently, they do not compete with each other for food. This “resource partitioning” enhances the survival of their species.

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