Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

The Hope | Success Stories | The Monarch Joint Venture

Flowers use iridescence to attract insects | News, Sports, Opinion and more |
Opals are iridescent, as are several species of insects, such as some beetles and butterflies. However, until very recently the iridescence in plants was overlooked.

Submitted By Ramiro Andrés Zarate Flores Institution Garden Network for Pollinators - Mail Real Habitat Type Garden Location Nuevo León Size Medium Date Posted Monday, September 19, 2016 Milkweed Species Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa), Zizotes Milkweed (Asclepias oenotheroides) Nectar Source Plants Wicker (Chilopsis linearis), Asclepia (Asclepias curassavica), Anacahuita (Cordia boissieri), Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens), Oregano (Paliomintha longiflora), Salvia (Salvia gregii). These are the native ones. I have others like Pentas, Romero, Basil, Lantana, etc. Habitat Management Practices Organic fertilizers are used as worm humus, excreta of lamb, to combat tobacco, bicarbonate, onion, etc. pests. No grass is used, but padding of bark, rock, and if possible plants of a minimum water requirement. Let plants grow like thistles, and others that come out spontaneously, are controlled and if you have to remove it is by hand. Habitat Details A desire for transcendence and to know myself responsible for my environment. The garden is not primarily for me, or for decorating, but I wanted to create an oasis for pollinating fauna and birds. An oasis in the jungle of cement. A change is given if there are concrete facts and scientific bases to do so. I focus on this. Comments I put "Garden Hope" as I represent a multi-year effort in learning, planting, learning from mistakes and waiting for the arrival of butterflies, hummingbirds and bees among others. The garden is visited by various butterflies, birds such as hummingbirds, centipedes, different types of bees and other types of insects.

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