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Butterflies Love Fruit

By gardengus
April 3, 2012

When trying to attract butterflies to your garden , don't forget to add some ripe fruit.

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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Apr 2, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Great idea. Any special kind of ripe fruit?
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Sharon
Apr 2, 2012 6:23 PM CST
Oh wow! That's the bottom of a pineapple.
Very cool!

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fiwit
Apr 2, 2012 7:26 PM CST
Maridell, at the Callaway Gardens butterfly house, they use citrus and bananas (and it's usually over-ripe)
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canadanna
Apr 2, 2012 7:48 PM CST
Funny how those beautiful wings contrast with rotten fruit!
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gardengus
Apr 2, 2012 8:09 PM CST
They seem to like just about any kind of over ripe or rotten fruit. I learned this from my compost pile Smiling
I get the best response to the juicy things , they love the end of watermelon.
I put fruit out when my berries are ripe to distract them so I can have the berries.

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the top leaf looking thing is a butterfly
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Maridell
Apr 2, 2012 8:22 PM CST
Glad to hear about the bananas. I usually throw 1 or 2 out because we don't eat them fast enough around here.
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fiwit
Apr 2, 2012 8:47 PM CST
I read on here somewhere last fall(?) that you can hang a nanner peel near your hummingbird feeder (maybe they said to wrap it in muslin or something) because the fruit flies it gets are also food for hummers. Me? I put the old nanners in the freezer until I get around to making nanner bread.
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Onewish1
Apr 3, 2012 4:06 AM CST
you can just hang it on a branch or nail... the hummers love the fruit flies.. I always put oranges out to try and attract oriels .. never saw butterflies near them but good to know!!
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Ditchlily
Apr 3, 2012 5:00 PM CST
We were at the Chattanooga Aquarium a few weeks ago, where they also have a butterfly house in the roof. Took this there. I think they are pieces of banana and grapes on a string.
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Apr 3, 2012 7:17 PM CST
nice.. great shots!!
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Apr 3, 2012 7:28 PM CST
I agree
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rocklady
Apr 4, 2012 11:21 AM CST
Great idea. When my bananas get overripe, I freeze them for smoothies and use the peel to fertilize my epis. Last year, I was rewarded with blooms galore. The plants truly went bananas!
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fiwit
Dec 2, 2012 7:04 AM CST
This popped up in random ideas today Thumbs up

It's a fantastic idea, but when I tried it a couple summers ago, the dish of fruit was quickly over-run with bees/wasps/hornets rather than butterflies. Other than putting it FAR AWAY from me so I don't get stung, are there any other suggestions? I don't mind feeding the bees/wasps/hornets, but I have a very strong aversion to being stung. Hilarious!
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gardengus
Jan 6, 2013 6:59 AM CST
ripe fruit does attract a lot of feeders . I find the wasps and bees seem to take their turn also , kinda like all kinds of birds at a feeder we cant control who is hungry. I would suggest putting the feeder in a remote area if you are concerned about getting stung. I have found feeding insects usually too busy to even care about my coming and goings.
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valleylynn
Feb 10, 2013 9:11 PM CST
Just found this tip. I never thought of putting fruit out for the butterflies.
Never thought of hanging banana peels to attract fruit flies for the hummers.
Boy did I learn a lot from this tip. Thumbs up
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virginiarose
Oct 14, 2013 5:59 PM CST
Great tip! I will do this next summer. I am still trying to attract hummers, do you think the fruit flies will help or just wait till they show up. I do not want to attract the wrong thing. Blinking
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Chillybean
Aug 21, 2015 9:28 AM CST
We put out orange halves when it is cooler. When it gets hot the things are covered in flies, nothing else. We've seen several butterflies, and birds. The Red-bellied woodpeckers really chow on the oranges.

We tried bananas last year for butterflies, but it was too hot... flies. But another year, the Red-headed woodpeckers really liked it. I felt kind of bad because their bills were a mess, so didn't put any more out that year. I am sure it cleaned off, but at the time I kind of freaked wondering if that would have in some way made life miserable for them.

We've done apple and melon leftovers. A lot of flies, too, but Painted Ladies got to it, too.

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