As we've moved into the month of August, with our full gardens, cicadas, bumblebees, and the occasional butterfly, I began thinking of things I'd like to do before the end of summer. A bike ride along a new trail, a local art festival, an outdoor concert, and making a butterfly feeder. (Can you tell I'm determined to lure those butterflies?)
I actually had never thought of making a butterfly feeder, but flipping through my favorite summer book, I came across instructions and found it quite simple. So consider this wonderful activity as you enjoy your dog days...
|Butterfly on Phlox|
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Small glass jar with lid
Strong adhesive glue or glue gun
Awl and hammer
Length of string or twine
- Make the butterfly nectar by combining 1 part sugar and 9 parts water.
- Glue silk flowers onto the outside of the jar and to the lid to attract butterflies.
- Poke a small hole in the lid of the jar with an awl and hammer. Fill the jar with butterfly nectar, then screw the lid tightly onto the jar and poke a small piece of cotton into the hole.
- Invert the jar, tape the length of string to the bottom, and hang it in a sunny corner of your garden.
Have a happy day!