Creating Attractive Habitats

Creating attractive habitats. The concept of butterfly gardening (see L-5313) relies upon the concept in the movie, “Field Of Dreams,” which maintains that “if you build, it they will come.” Planting flowers and host plants of butterflies, adults will be attracted to feed and lay eggs there. This is also the concept behind providing jars containing food (see section, “Food-baited jars”). Other arthropods can also be attracted to habitats constructed by collectors. Merely placing boards or piles of rocks on the ground will attract sowbugs, pillbugs, millipedes, scorpions and other critters seeking dark cracks and crevices in which to spend daylight hours. Wooden stakes hammered into the ground will attract termite foraging workers, the concept behind current termite treatment devices like Sentricon® systems.

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