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BUTTERFLIES  ALSO LOVES TO EAT ROTTED FRUIT

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Feeders may be made of materials at hand. Here is  a plastic kitchen scouring pad provide a place for a Giant Swallowtail to perch while taking sugar-water solution. To stop harmful mold from forming replace the sugar water and wash the dish on a regular basic (once/week) in moderate weather or twice/week in warm weather.

Here are some glass feeders that the butterflies really enjoy."Butterflies loves color" and theses eye catching feeders are the butterflies favorite.

Make the feeder by filling a dish or other flat surface container with an absorbent material such as tissue paper and saturating the material with sugar solution.

Mix 4 parts water with 1 part white granulated sugar, boil the solution for several minutes until the sugar is dissolved and then let it cool. Store extra in your refrigerator--it will keep up for a week.

Place your feeder near nectar on a post about 4-6 inches higher then the tallest flower. The flowers will attract the butterflies and the feeder will stand out.

Provide "water" in either a birdbath, small pond, or container on the ground.   This should be located near the adult butterfly food supply.   Refresh the water often to avoid mosquitoes hatching.

Some Butterflies , particularly males, need nutrients from the soil and will congregate around a shallow puddle on the ground.   You can provide this "puddling pond" by digging out a small shallow area, lining it with sand, and filling with water.   Place some flat rocks around the pool to provide basking areas

 

 

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When most folks buy a box, they quickly place it in the sunniest part of the garden in hope that the butterflies will swarm to it like Purple Martins to a bird condo.

Not so. First, they would not be used until the Fall. Second, the butterflies that utilize them prefer the safety of the woods as opposed to the open garden setting. To make them more effective they should be placed in a woody section of your garden if it is possible. The host plants for the species preferring boxes should be planted nearby. Mourning Cloaks, Anglewings and Tortoiseshells will be most prone to use them. Elm, Willow, Nettles, Poplar, and my personal favorite Hops, are the favored host of your would-be tenants. Later, blooming nectar sources will also increase activity. Sedums and Asters are good choices, but your personal favorites will work also. By having the nectar source close by, they may be more likely to visit your butterfly house.

Many people have suggested painting the outside of the structure with purple and yellow flowers to attract attention. Once again it can't hurt. Another point of debate is the proper height. Some say 4-5 feet, others say higher, others lower. I say put it where you like it. During the winter, these hibernators can be found under logs on the ground, in the eaves of houses and state park signs, or in the grasses. They will overwinter at the any level where opportunities exist. As the cold winds of winter approach, there may not be much time for house hunting

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