Here is a simple and fun little project to work on with the kids for Spring. The last few weeks we have been raising caterpillars and learning about life cycles and insects and bugs. My children have been having so much fun with this little science lesson and we decided to wrap up the lesson by making butterfly feeders for the yard. Our caterpillars have finally emerged as butterflies and we are ready to set them free tomorrow so this feeder project was our attempt to convince the butterflies to stay and hang out in our yard this Spring.
My hope is to have the butterfly feeder under the window of each child’s bedroom and I am hoping they can peer out the window and occasionally catch a glimpse of a butterfly. We are getting ready to let the butterflies free from our butterfly garden and hopefully they stick around and enjoy the little home we created.
I am not sure if this will actually work and help attract butterflies to the yard but it was a simple craft and the kid’s had fun making it and we just used things we already had on hand anyway. So if nothing else it certainly stimulated their little imaginations and they learned quite a bit in the process.
One note I should make is that many butterflies like to feed on rotting fruit. You often see plates hanging in yards as feeders with slices of melon or oranges. We have a squirrel issue, a neighbor’s cat issue (that likes to use our yard as a litter box) and we currently do not have an ant issue and I want to keep it that way. So I did have those things in mind when I created our feeder. I think a flat plate with fruit might create issues so I am hoping this style of feeder will be less appealing to squirrels, cats and ants.
So here is what you need to create a butterfly feeder: