How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden
Beer Attracts Butterflies

As summer approaches, and you are gearing up for barbecues and parties, be sure to lay in a good supply of beer. This may seem like good advice any day - but it is especially true when you want to attract butterflies to your garden.

Yes! While butterflies rely on nectar-rich flowering plants, they also appreciate decaying fruit and beer. So now you know what to do with the stale beer left over from your parties.

To attract butterflies with stale beer, you can simply add a bit to a very shallow container, like the lid of a jar or a pie tin. Set it out where the butterflies can drink in peace. At the edge of a flowering shrub that feeds butterflies is an ideal location. But for a real treat, try the following recipe:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 can stale beer
  • 1 mashed banana (over ripe)
  • 1 cup of black strap molasses

Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl.  Now splash your mixture onto rocks beneath butterfly bushes, tree stumps, fence posts or on the pottery holding flowering plants that attract butterflies.  Provide a small saucer of your boozy butterfly mix, and sit back and enjoy the visitors!

For more about attracting butterflies to your garden, please read our full post here.

Happy Gardening!

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  • Kathleen McCarthy
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  • Sheri

    Won’t this attract ants and squirrels as well? Don’t want that to happen. Should I put in container?

  • Trice

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! I am always so thrilled when I see butterflies in my backyard and with the help of this recipe, maybe I’ll see even more!
    Thanks Kathleen!

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