iButterflies are magical creatures and you are going to love this Butterfly Feeder Craft that will attract them to your garden ..
Brighten up your garden with a fabulous Butterfly Feeder! If you’d like to attract these gorgeous creatures to your environment you should check out some of the ideas we have put together for you.
We have included a video to show you how to make an inexpensive Butterfly Feeder. We also have a short video of them using the feeder. You will also find lists of their favorite plants and many other things that you can do to attract them to your garden.
How To Attract Butterflies To Your Garden
We found this excellent Infographic on the University of Illinois Site. It gives some great tips about attracting Butterflies to your garden. Butterflies love to bask in full sun so bear that in mind when you hang your butterfly feeder.
Fill your garden with blooms and natives and puddling areas for the Butterflies to bask. Add some stones to your feeder for them to land on. Be sure to keep your garden pesticide free.
Attracting Butterflies Information via University of Illinois
The very best way to keep Butterflies flourishing in your garden is to surround them with the plants that they love. Nectar Plants are their favorites and will be yours too when you begin to see them flocking! Leafy Plants are also great for larvae feeding. The list above includes their favorite Annuals and Perennials. You will notice that Lavender, Violets and even Mint have made the list.
How To Make Butterfly Nectar -:
While we’re on the subject of Nectar Plants, we found this fantastic idea on Premeditated Leftovers. You can make your own Butterfly Nectar using a sponge. This is such an easy idea and apparently, it really works. All you need to do is mix 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. Boil it up until dissolved and then cool.
Soak your sponge in the Nectar, hang from a tree, or add the nectar juice to your Butterfly Feeder. Simple! You can even keep large batches on hand. Just be sure to refrigerate. It lasts for 3-4 weeks.
Fun Facts About Butterflies
- Butterflies can’t hear, but they can feel vibrations.
- Butterflies taste with their feet.
- Butterflies don’t have lungs.
- Butterflies breath through openings on their abdomen called ‘spiracles’.
- Butterflies smell with their antennae.
- Millions of shingle like overlapping scales give butterfly wings their colour.
- Butterflies are still able to fly if their scales are removed, they are just less colourful!
- Butterflies are divided into two main groups called skippers (hesperioidea) and true butterflies (papilionoidea).
- Female butterflies are usually bigger and live longer than male butterflies.
- The Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing from the island of New Guinea is the largest butterfly – it can have a wingspan of 27 cm! See photo above.
Butterflies come in many shapes and sizes and as you can see from the chart above they have unique markings and colors.
- Butterflies are related to crabs and lobsters! Why? Because they have skeletons on the outside of their bodies (exoskeletons).
- There are about 24,000 species of butterfly.Australia has 385 species of butterfly, nearly 70% of which are found in the rainforests of the Wet Tropics.The Painted Lady is the most wide spread butterfly species in the world, occurring on all continents except South America and Antarctica.
- Antarctica is the only continent on which no Lepidoptera (butterflies, moths & skippers) have been found.Look but don’t touch – many caterpillars are covered with stinging hairs which carry a toxin that can be quite painful to humans if touched.
- Some butterflies, such as the Northern Pearly Eye, will fly at night.Butterflies are the second largest group of pollinators, bees are the largest.Monarch butterflies have been known to migrate over 3000km.
- The largest threat to butterflies is loss of habitat.
- Info via West Australian Foundation Website
Butterfly Species Chart via Butterfly Org Pinterest
Colour is very important and the wrong hues can hurt your chances of attracting Butterflies. This handy chart from Southern Living shows you that Pink, Purple, Red, Orange and Yellow should be high on your list if you want butterfly visits.
Butterfly Feeder Video
Before you learn how to make your Butterfly Feeder Craft, we thought we would show you one in action. Now you can see exactly how it looks and how it attracts Butterflies to your yard. To watch the video, click Play above ⇑
- 10″-14″ wire plate holder
- 1/2″ metal washer
- Silk flowers and leaves
- Hot glue
- Glass beads
- Nail and hammer
- For the plate butterfly feeder:
- For the jar butterfly feeder:
- Glass jar
- Silk flowers
Another easy way to attract Butterflies is to use kitchen scourers. Butterflies particularly love the colors purple, orange, yellow, red. Put your scouring pad in a shallow bowl, fill with sugar water, and set outside. The butterflies will come! Images from Hybrid Birder Garden Web & Pinterest
How To Make A Butterfly Fruit Feeder
Put slices of fruits into sugar water for the butterflies. Or make fruit feeder with water and fruits. Butterflies love oranges, watermelons, mangoes, kiwis and apples.
Infographic via Boyerts.com
Be sure to view our post in its entirety. Scroll our page to the end and pin all your favorite ideas along the way.
The Infographic below shows you how you can plant flowers to attract butterflies. This includes Chicory, Aster, Milkweed, Black Eyed Susan, Daisies, Golden Rod, Honeysuckle to name a few. We found this chart on the ‘Exploring Nature Org’ Site.