How to Make Butterfly Puddles

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Things You'll Need

Instructions

1

Fill the bottom of a bowl, dish, pie pan or flowerpot with sand. It's recommended by Native Wildlife Gardening that the item being used is a minimum of 16 inches wide to prevent rapid evaporation.
2

Add enough water to make the sand moist. Stale beer or a sweet drink can be substituted for water.
3

Find a spot in full sun and dig a hole for the bowl. Bury the bowl to ground level, making it flush with the dirt.
4

Put approximately 1 tablespoon of composted manure in the sand. A pinch of salt may also be added; butterflies require additional sodium when mating.
5

Decorate the puddle with appealing rock, river stone, clam shells, or pine bark. These items, along with twigs, provide perching and sunbathing spots for butterflies.
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