Butterfly Feeder

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I decided to experiment and create a new butterfly feeder using a hummingbird feeder without the top. As you can see from the pictures, the Monarchs like the arrangement.

I tried two different mixes – one from Monarch Watch and another which was just Gatorade. I later added bee pollen to the Gatorade, but it doesn’t seem to be absolutely necessary.

The trick is to hang the feeder up high. I also put it over some milkweed that was in a pot to further encourage them to feed in this location. I noticed that one smaller feeder with the same mixture was ignored when it was placed down low on a table.

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9 responses to “Butterfly Feeder

  1. gwilli4@charter.net

    I saw you have many Monarchs at your feeder. I have hardly seen any Monarchs or any other butterflies here in O’Fallon. I even added an additional BF garden to my yard this year. Do you think there are still more of them coming our way? George

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  2. Thank you,Tom, great pictures!!And thank you soo much for the seeds you sent me!!! I just got them this morning. And thank you so much for typing the instructions out for me, I can’t wait to plant them in the Fall and Spring!! Thanks so much  Tessy Barnett 💑

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  3. Vicki

    I love this idea, and just happen to have a spare feeder! Are those just the plastic dish scrubby things inside?

  4. atown1995

    Could you please be more precise on the recipe for the preferred nectar?

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