Butterflies are beautiful and whimsical creatures that are lovely sights to see in nature! If you’re lucky enough, you could be graced with a visit from these gentle insects while on a camping trip! They can be pretty elusive, and can flit away before you can get a chance to truly enjoy their beauty and color! If you’d like to get a better look, check out this tutorial on how to attract butterflies with campsite butterfly nectar!
Butterflies generally like liquids, especially sweet liquids, as they do not eat in traditional ways! A long, narrow tube, called a proboscis, extends from their mouth and allows them to drink up liquids for nourishment. Although butterflies will eat almost anything that dissolves in water, they prefer rotting fruit, sodium and minerals found in salt, and flower nectar! They are also attracted to bright colors that resemble flowers, so this DIY nectar feeder is perfect to help you attract butterflies to your campsite!
What You’ll Need:
1 C. water
1/4 C. granulated sugar
Brightly colored sponges
String OR shallow dish
1. To make your nectar, bring your water to a boil in your small saucepan.
2. Stir in the sugar, and let the mixture simmer for several minutes until the sugar is completely dissolved.
3. If you would like a hanging feeder, make a small hole in the top of a sponge, and tie a small length of string through the hole. Once your nectar has cooled, dip the sponge into the solution and allow excess nectar to drip off before hanging from a tree or nearby bush!
If you would like a dish feeder, cut your sponges into fourths. Pour a small amount of your completely cooled nectar into a shallow dish, and place your cut sponge pieces into the nectar to provide butterflies with a safe spot to land while eating! Place the dish near appealing vegetation!
4. Store any excess nectar in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate for up to a week!
5. Enjoy watching all the beautiful butterflies visiting your campsite!
This simple recipe and easy-to-make feeder makes this a great DIY camping project that the kids will easily be able to help with! They’ll love the hands-on experience and will get to enjoy watching nature up close! It’s a great opportunity to educate your little campers on what a butterfly is, how they eat, and how they benefit the environment! It is also simply a great project for anyone who loves watching beautiful butterflies! We hope you've enjoyed this tutorial on how to attract butterflies with campsite butterfly nectar!