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Compared to Brisbane, there aren't many gardening related workshops on offer at Bribie so I was keen to support this one run by Helen Schwencke at the local library yesterday.

Helen has put out a wonderful little book full of colour photos with a pic for each butterfly in adult, caterpillar and chrysalis stages called Create More Butterflies 

Available on her website Earthling Enterprises it's not cheap at $34 but worth it to have this terrific resource. 

Helen's talk was about providing host plants for the complete life cycle of the butterfly not just nectar plants for the adult.

TOP 10 BUTTERFLY PLANTS

Climbing Senna (Senna gaudichaudi)

Corky Milk Vine (Secamone elliptica)

Emu Foot (Cullen tenax)

Karamat (Hygrophila augustifolia) 

Love Flower (Pseuderanthemum variabile)

Mangrove Wax Flower Vine (Cynanchum carnosum)

Native Mulberry (Pipturus argenteus)

Thornless Caper (Capparis lucida)

Zig Zag Vine (elodorum leichardtii)

Finger Lime (Citrus australasica)

    +Citrus of any type

I didn't take copious notes, preferring to rely on the book and a few important pointers:

  • there are 360 known butterfly host plants
  • create water features/soaks
  • leave areas in your garden as natural as possible
  • interplant your garden with local and regional native plants 

Helen suggested the Queensland Naturalists Club for meet ups and outings. Sounds like a nudist meet up but it's about insects and the environment! Really :)

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Comment by Lissa on October 21, 2018 at 17:26

Yep Jo has gone to Cairns. Just checked her FB page.

Comment by Lissa on October 21, 2018 at 17:24

Helen was aware of Jo and told me she had moved off somewhere. North I think.

Dianne - ring the Butterfly House and ask your question about the best time to visit. Be aware that it's open only on Sunday and Wednesday 10 to 4pm. It would be good to have you all come to the island :) 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 21, 2018 at 17:15

Sounds good. We've never been to it, either.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on October 21, 2018 at 15:14

Hi Guys, What would you think about an outing to the Butterfly House on Bribie? Personally I would love to go there and we know Christa does as well, so who else is up for it and what is the best Season for us to go, does anyone know, I will organize the outing for then.?

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on October 21, 2018 at 10:13

Can recommend buying the book. It's been around for some years now and I've had good use of it. Whatever happened to Jo? She was on BLF for a while then she disappeared.

Comment by Christa on October 21, 2018 at 8:29

Good book Lissa.  We have many of those plants growing here already as we had a butterfly lady come and plant some years ago, her name was Jo Hammond.  The butterflies seem to come alive after the rains.  I would love to go and see the butterfly place at Bribie one day.

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