Butterfly Feeder

A butterfly feeder can woo the most wonderful winged insects butterflies, of course, to your yard, patio, or garden area. And you do not have to spend a lot of money on these fun devices; you can even make them yourself! Read on to find out where to not only buy a butterfly feeder, but how to make one, as well.

You can find a butterfly feeder at hundreds of Web sites on the Internet. A simple search brings up pages and pages of these feeders with the simple click of a mouse. But there are a few things you need to know before you click the Buy button on any butterfly feeder you are thinking of getting.

First, a butterfly feeder needs to incorporate red, green, and yellow colors in order for the insects to notice them. Butterflies locate their food by sight, so this seemingly minor detail can mean the difference between your butterfly feeder actually attracting butterflies or just having an interesting-looking gizmo hanging somewhere around your yard.

To successfully lure butterflies, a butterfly feeder must have a sweet-tasting substance the insects enjoy. Butterflies naturally feed on things like flower nectar and the juice of different fruits. A simple, inexpensive, homemade recipe for a nectar-like substance for feeders consists of one part sugar to four parts water. Although it may seem reasonable, experts say to not add food coloring to the nectar you make for a butterfly feeder.

SohoDecor.com carries elegant butterfly feeders that can be hung from a limb of a tree or other apparatus, or can be positioned on a flat surface. The Bird Shed (www.BirdShed.com) carries the original Flutterby butterfly feeder, a more sophisticated device, which features an ant guard, is bee-proofed, and comes with solid brass hangers. At www.JJCardinal.com, you can get a beautiful, blown-glass butterfly feeder that comes with a 30-inch copper stand.

If you want to make your own butterfly feeder, start by painting a terra cotta clay-pot bottom red, yellow, or green. Use twine to fashion a holder to cradle the pot bottom and suspend from a tree branch or hook. Fill with nectar, hang in a sunny location and wait. It won’t be long before your butterfly feeder becomes the favorite place in your yard for some of our most beautiful winged insects.

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