How To Make A Butterfly Puddler Station

We love Butterflies and if you do too, learn how to make a simple Butterfly Puddler that they will love! Watch the video now.
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Today we’re excited to share with you how to make a butterfly puddler station. Once made, you will have them flocking to your garden and basking in the sun.

Did you know that butterflies are naturally attracted to the wet edge of mud puddles and wet sandy areas?

These spots are filled with nutrients and salts that are so good for their health. These elements are also critical for their reproduction.

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A Quick Guide To A Butterfly

Butterflies help flowers pollinate. They also feed through their feet. They have beautiful bright colors and their wings are transparent.

Whilst there are over 20,000 species of butterflies, they live very short lives.

The average is just one month with the longest living butterfly, the Brimstone, survives up to 13 months.

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How To Attract Butterflies

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Butterflies are attracted to bright colors. They also love decomposing fruits that are high in sugar.

Use bananas, strawberries, apples, and oranges for your puddling station.

Be sure to add some flat rocks that act as islands for them to rest on.

top image via Gladys Porter Zoo

Puddling Station Items Needed

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  • shallow container
  • sand
  • organic compost
  • stones
  • gravel
  • plain epsom salt
  • water
  • mixing bowl
  • garden trowel
  • fruit (optional)

Butterfly Puddler Station Video

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There are a few critical steps when making your puddling station.. It is important to use organic compost, free of chemicals and pesticides. To watch the video, click play above ^

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We also suggest you view our Butterfly Gardening Post for additional ideas on what you can plant to attract more butterflies to your yard.

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