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Feeding and Attracting Butterflies

eeding and Attracting Butterflies Want to attract butterflies to your backyard? First, you have to realize that there are a lot of butterfly food sources; you just have to look for them!

Feeding and Attracting Butterflies

Want to attract butterflies to your backyard?

 

First, you have to realize that there are a lot of butterfly food sources; you just have to look for them! I promise that there are many different butterfly food sources all over your backyard; right now. If you are still having trouble attracting butterflies, you can simply add more resources to your yard.

Let’s explore some of the things that they would eat. This will help you with feeding and attracting butterflies to your yard.

eeding and Attracting Butterflies Want to attract butterflies to your backyard? First, you have to realize that there are a lot of butterfly food sources; you just have to look for them!

Life Cycle of Butterfly

In the life cycle of a butterfly we know the butterfly lays it eggs (larvae) underneath or on plants.  The caterpillars hatch and only eat the leaves of plants. Different caterpillars like to eat certain kinds of plants. The leaves allow the caterpillar to grow and get all of the vitamins needed to transform into a beautiful butterfly.

Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly

Some of the life cycle information for this article was provided by:  http://www.TheButterflySite.com.

Monarch on Bull Thistle

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What do Butterflies Eat?
The adult butterflies consume all sorts of different things including nectar, water and even liquids from some of the fruits we consume. If you are looking to attract butterflies to your backyard, simply plant a few fruit-bearing trees along with plenty of flowers and you should definitely have yourself a backyard full of butterflies.

 

 

Fruit Past its Prime?
Here is something you might not have known that you could add to your yard. Every so often you could lay out a plate of mushy slices of bananas, oranges and watermelon. Butterflies love this treat.

Owl Butterflies on oranges and bananas.

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There are also special butterfly feeders that are shaped and colored like flowers that hold a sugar-water solution.  Make your own butterfly nectar click here.


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If you do not have a feeder you can purchase one Shop Here . A short term solution is to soak cotton balls in butterfly nectar and put them on a plate outdoors..

Owl Butterflies eating oranges, banana and watermelon.

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How do Butterflies Eat?

Butterflies eat an all liquid diet. They sample nectar from all sorts of different flowers and sources, or they are using their long ‘straw’ to drink up water out of shallow ponds, butterflies are usually always looking for things that are liquid to eat.

Close up of butterfly with proboscis extended.

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The small little, straw like pipe, is coiled under its head most of the time.  When ready to eat an adult butterfly uses to suck up all of the nectar from plants. The straw is called a ‘proboscis’. This is the reason that all butterflies generally stick to an all-liquid diet; it is very hard to suck up any solids with a straw like that for your mouth.

Extreme close up of a Monarch Butterfly with it's proboscis curled when not in use.

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If you are looking to attract butterflies it is as simple as providing a food source for them.  Feeding and attracting butterflies really means, build it and they will come!

Until next time friends.  Take care!

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