Butterfly "puddles"
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I had four kinds of butterflies in my garden this year....a Lorquin's Admiral, Western Swallowtail's, Painted Lady, and everpresent Cabbage Whites. I used a pottery dish, filled it with some steer manuer and water...added an orange slice and put it in the bright sun near some flat rocks so they could warm themselves and get a drink too ( took the idea from the GG book on attracting butterflies). Sadly, none of them visited my "puddle" for a drink. Any ideas as to how to attact them for next year?

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  Re: Butterfly "puddles" by jcline (I had four kinds of ...)
Mud... If it has the correct minerals and always stays moist, you have created a butterfly buffet. I am not sure what minerals attract butterflies.
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  Re: Re: Butterfly "puddles" by Darby (Mud... If it has the...)
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Mud... If it has the correct minerals and always stays moist, you have created a butterfly buffet. I am not sure what minerals attract butterflies.




I just did a quick search on "minerals to attract butterflies" and saw in a couple different places where folks were using different kinds of salts to attract them. In one case, a woman was scattering some salt pellets from her water softener across her gravel driveway - then she hosed it down with water.

Another source mentioned using a dish with a mixture of sand, water, and either Epson salts or table salt.

Hope this helps! Happy butterfly watching!
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  Re: Butterfly "puddles" by jcline (I had four kinds of ...)
Your page helping me to find some attractive methods that I can try for my garden. The butterflies are attracted by flowers that are available in the garden HostSailor Dedicated Server Hosting. I love the presence of the butterfly because it makes my garden alive.
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