This DIY butterfly puddler is easy to create and will make a nice addition to the garden and hopefully bring lots of beautiful butterflies.
Who doesn't love to see butterflies in the garden? Recently I learned about "butterfly puddlers" and had to make one for myself.
What is a Butterly Puddling?
Butterfly puddling is the act of butterflies gathering in mud puddles to take up water and minerals.
In fact, the nectar butterflies get from flowers is said to offer enough water but not the salts and minerals that male butterflies specifically need.
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- A shallow dish - I'm using a clay saucer but a plastic one would be fine.
- Sand - I'm using play sand though some use fine gravel.
- Manure - I have some mushroom manure but I've read that you can also use an organic fertilizer.
- Rocks - The larger rocks are meant as a place for the butterflies to perch. The smaller gems are purely for decoration.
- Other - Some people suggest setting out stale beer or overripe fruit such as apples, oranges, and bananas.
Making the Butterfly Puddler
- Fill your dish with sand.
2. Mix in a little bit of manure.
3. Add some rocks for perching and some for decoration as desired.
Note: Originally I added a small bottle cap to collect water in the middle of my spiral but in the end decided to scrap it and let the water fill into the indentation.
4. Place your butterfly puddler somewhere flat and fill it with water just below the rim.
Continue to add some water as needed especially in dry weather and keep an eye out for butterfly visits.
Don't be surprised to find bees and other pollinators enjoying your DIY puddle station. A great place for all to enjoy.
DIY Butterfly Puddler
- Clay planter saucer
- Play sand
- Mushroom manure
- Spread a layer of sand into your saucer.
- Sprinkle on a little bit of manure and mix it in.
- Place some rocks around as perches for the butterflies
- Fill with water.
- Set the puddler somewhere flat and in a spot where you can view the action.