Creating a Fruit Feeding Station for Butterflies (Learning Through Community)


When I first began to plant my butterfly garden, I had no idea that butterflies enjoyed fruit – but not only do many of these winged-beauties like fruit – some actually prefer the fruit juice to flower nectar. Mourning Cloaks (Nymphalis antiopa), Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta), Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis), Red Spotted Purples (Limenitis arthemis), Hackberry Emperors (Asterocampa celtis), Viceroys (Limenitis archippus), and Commas (Polygonia c-album) are just a few of the many species of butterflies who may frequent a backyard fruit feeder.

Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

(Photo by Kelly Dean/with permission) Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)

As the creator of Serendipity, I appreciate the active learning that occurs within a community of like-minded people; people who embrace the vision of developing backyard habitats. By sharing our ideas and photos – we continue to better understand how to best meet the needs of the butterflies and wildlife that visit our gardens. Providing fruit for butterflies has been an ongoing topic of discussion on Serendipity. Together, we have learned that butterfly fruit feeders do not need to be fancy; actually I recommend re-purposing common household items for this project. A terracotta saucer, a suet cage, a retired kitchen bowl, or even a charming bird feeder all work equally well.

Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis)

(Photo by Kimberly Vensel/with permission) Pair of Question Marks (Polygonia interrogationis)

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