Butterflies Like Wide Buffer Strips with Tall Native Grasses and Broadleaf Plants

Diane M. Debinski, Iowa State University
William L. Hohman, United States Department of Agriculture

This report is the summary of Agricultural Wildlife Conservation Center project # 68-7482-1-777.

Abstract

If you want more species of butterflies in your filter strips and other grass buffers, make the buffers wider and plant tall native grasses and broad leaf plants. That’s a key finding of a southwestern Minnesota study on butterfly use of conservation buffers.