4 Ways To Attract Butterflies To Your Backyard
Lately we’ve been posting about how to keep out unwanted critters from your backyard, such as wasps and bees. However, you don’t necessarily want all of the animal kingdom to steer clear of your yard. Hummingbirds, rabbits and butterflies are welcome visitors to most people’s yards. Here are four simple, DYI ways to attract butterflies to the area.
1.) Plant the right plants
Butterflies enjoy flowers that have a lot of pollen and nectar, and that require a lot of sunlight. Additionally they prefer stable flowers that can support them while they drink the nectar. Flowers that are red, yellow and/or purple tend to attract the most butterflies. Some good choices are cornflower, daylily, lavender, lilac, snapdragon, mint and milkweed. Some vegetable and herb plants provide good places for butterflies to lay their eggs, so if you want to keep the butterflies coming, plant some carrots, dill, parsley and sage.
2.) Build a butterfly feeder, method 1
If you want to attract butterflies, but your allergies won’t let you plant flowers with so much pollen, why not make your own butterfly feeder? There are two ways to do it and the first method is quite simple. To make a butterfly feeder, all you’ll need is a plate or a lid (something flat but that comes up at the sides,) string and overripe fruit.
a.) Use the string and wrap it around the plate to create a hanger.
b.) Fill the plate with the overripe fruit. You can also add orange juice so that you’re fruit doesn’t dry out.
c.) Hang your feeder from a tree and voila! You’re finished. To attract the most butterflies, hang the feeder six inches above your tallest plants and 3 feet below the tree line.
3.) Build a butterfly feeder, method 2
Some butterflies prefer overripe fruit, while others prefer nectar or another sweet liquid. To make a butterfly feeder using method 2, you’ll need a glass jar with a lid, water, sugar, scissors, a sponge, a hammer, nails and string or twine. Look below for instructions.
a.) Prepare nine parts water to one part sugar. Bring to a boil and set to the side and allow it to cool. Make sure not to make the solution too sugary, as this can dehydrate the butterflies.
b.) Use the hammer and nail to punch a hole through the lid. Then cut a square piece from a sponge, about the size of a penny, and wedge it through the hole.
c.) Add some plain water into the jar, screw on the lid, and test the jar to see if it leaks. If it does, cut a larger-sized piece of sponge.
d.) Next, take your string or twine and wrap it around the jar, right underneath the lip where the lid goes. Tie it securely, and leave out several long strands that you can attach to a tree lib.
d.) Once your sugar-water solution is cool, fill up the jar, screw on the lid, and hang up your butterfly feeder.
e.) Enjoy watching the butterflies!
4.) Mud Puddle
This method alone probably won’t be enough to attract butterflies, but it’s a good addition to your butterfly garden. Butterflies drink nectar to get the food and energy they need. However you will occasionally see them drinking from mud puddles as well. This is because the mud puddles contain nutrients that are not found in flower nectar. Therefore mud puddles will help keep your butterflies happy all around.