Attracting butterflies with fruit feeders
Here’s a simple project you might consider…. a butterfly feeding station! Sue Jordan glued a few glass pieces together and Voila! A cobalt blue butterfly jewel! And you may be surprised what kind of food butterflies love.
Sue Jordan says, “My grandson, Trail, located a large blue water bottle for me….. it made a great shallow feeder for the birds. I used GE Silicone ll to attach plate to the bottle.”
“These also make wonderful platform feeders for birds. My butterflies seemed to love cherries with a splash of water best, but also I offered banana and watermelon chunks. I leave the fermenting fruits in place for days and butterflies love the ‘jam-like’ consistency as the fruits break down.”
“The larger feeder is made using a spring water bottle and a 13″ plate” Sue tells us. “The petite one is a small saucer and finger vase! Both were secured together with GE Silicone II adhesive. I just place the the feeders over rods tapped into the soil.”
“I offered banana slices with a splash of water and the butterflies just kept returning for more!”
How does this work?
Scientists have found that:
(1) fruits contain high concentrations of sugar and nitrogen, and make a nutritious food source for butterflies in tropical forests
(2) fruit-feeding butterflies use smells from the fruits and fermentation to locate their food
(3) different types of fruit-feeding butterflies like different sorts of fruits
(4) fruit choice is not strongly linked nutrient content. They love sugar!
“I like the primary colors together here,” Sue says, “This is a great way to feature this colorful bottle in your garden,…the cardinal agrees!”
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