Make a DIY Butterfly Feeder to hang in your garden and attract these beautiful flying insects to your back yard, because who doesn’t love butterflies! You can make your feeder as a plate or a jar, instructions for both are provided in the link below.
A few important notes:
Hang the feeder near trees or shrubs to offer protection for the butterflies from the wind and predators
Use granulated white cane sugar (1 part dissolved in 4 parts water) as this is the closest match to nectar made by flowers
The feeder can also attract wasps, so if you are worried about this we recommend that you hang a decoy wasp nest near your feeder, as they are extremely territorial and won’t go near another nest.
Alternatively you can add slices of cucumber to the plate or on top of the jar. Cucumbers are a natural wasp repellent, and can even work with ants
Be careful not to add too much sugar to the butterfly food mixture. A higher concentration of sugar can dehydrate the butterflies.
If you have problems with ants, apply some petroleum jelly to the rim of the plate or jar to create a barrier they will avoid.