Attract butterflies to your garden by adding a special water and nutrient source for them. Butterfly puddles are a great way to bring them around!
- Shallow container
- Soil, composted manure, or salt
Puddles or other shallow water sources are important, primarily for male butterflies, as a source of salt and amino acids. If you have no naturally occurring puddles, try making one to add to your garden.
- Locate a shallow container like a large clay or plastic pot saucer. The only requirement for your container is that it be able to hold water.
- Fill your container with sand up to the very top.
- To provide the salts and amino acids the butterflies are searching for, add a small amount of soil, composted manure or a pinch of salt and mix with your sand.
- Smooth out your sand and create a slight indention in the center for your puddle.
- Add water and then place in your garden. Next sit back and watch for large congregations of male butterflies and their drinking buddies.
- Replace water as needed. Depending on the weather, you may need to add more water every couple of days.
Want to add more accessories? Try placing a couple of flat, dark stones in your garden to offer a spot where butterflies can bask in the sun and warm their bodies for flying.