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Why A Butterfly House?

The Butterflies need a home! And we need the Butterflies! Most of the pollination of flowers and plants is done by butterflies. There is a great joy in watching the beautiful rainbow like colors and fluttering of the butterflies as they dance across the wind!

Like Bats there are many butterfly species that are extinct or endangered and each day the list keeps getting larger. With insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, and cutting down our nations forest along with destructive weather patterns and their regular list of natural enemies, the butterflies have drastically decreased in number. We must give nature a helping hand.

Attracting Butterflies

The best way to attract any wildlife species is to provide a consistent source of food, water, shelter, and habitat landscaping in an environment free of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals. In designing a butterfly habitat, you will want to provide a source of food for both caterpillars and butterflies.

Butterfly caterpillars can be found nibbling on the leaves of Asters, Milkweed, Snapdragons, Sunflowers, Violets, and Citrus. Not to worry…although they are eating the leaves of these plants, they will not cause any significant damage and will not move on to your prized roses or rhododendrons. Just keep in mind that without these crawling critters, the butterflies would not be possible.

When the butterflies become adults, they can be found sipping the nectar of flowering plants. Some research suggests planting the following flowers: Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia); Joe-pye weed (Eupatorium); Aster; Purple coneflower; Butterfly bush (Buddleia); Liatris.

Another source suggests honeysuckle, clover, phlox, wildflowers, rotting fruit (bananas, apples), molasses, and stale beer. Many species like to drink at mud puddles and congregate where the ground is damp and sunny. They recommend sinking a dish of damp sand in the ground with flat rocks around it to absorb heat.

Adult butterflies may use the butterfly house as shelter from the elements or for roosting at night, or it may be used as a nursery for the developing chrysalis. It may also be used by overwintering species as a hibernaculum.

   
Butterfly House
$49.95
Description: 7/8" Inland Red Cedar for long lasting outdoor use. All screwed construction using weather-resistant plated deck screws and fully routed edges. Side-opening door. Holes sized for butterflies. Comes with mounting screws.
Dimensions: 5" L x 5" W x 24-1/4" H
Made in the USA!

 

   
Flutterby Butterfly Feeder-12 oz
$19.95
Description: The Flutterby Butterfly Feeder is the perfect compliment to the backyard of any nature enthusiast. This unique feeder offers two ways in which to attract butterflies: nectar and fruit trays. Made of high-impact polycarbonate that is also dishwasher safe, the Flutterby can be hung or mounted on a 5/8" down or pole (not included). Built in ant moat will deter pests. 12 oz. capacity. Lifetime Guarantee.

 

   
Heartwood Butterfly Belle Butterfly House
$79.95
We've added a bit of burnish to Mademoiselle Butterfly--the same beautiful design topped with the brillance of a solid copper roof. Tres belle!
Dimensions: 5" x 6" x 12"
Made in the USA!
 

   
Heartwood Butterfly Bijou House
$72.95
Add a touch of Hollywood glamour to your garden or landscape and give your butterflies and enchantingly theatrical perch with this fetching jewel box of a home. Charming retro shape is adorned by a trio of curvy vents and solid copper butterflies, and as you would expect, features solid cypress construction and hand-shingled roof.
Dimensions: 6" x 8" x 14"
Made in the USA!
 

   
Heartwood Butterfly Chapel
$149.95
With age comes beauty: Here, when paired with distinctively slim lines, the white crackle finish offers a timeless evocation of grace. Hand-shingled cypress roof with copper trim is topped with aged cast iron steeple, while a butterfly applique flutters prettily at the foundation. Comes with a 46" tall hand-forged steel mounting post to delight your neighbors as well as your butterflies.
Dimensions: 6" x 8" x 25" - 46" stake
Made in the USA!
 

   
Heartwood Mademoiselle Butterfly
$54.95
For those who have a smaller space to fill, we present our petite version of Madame Butterfly. Copper trim on the hand-shingled roof pops off for easy cleaning. Screw-on stake included; much fluttering to come.
Dimensions: 5" x 6" x 12"
Made in the USA!
 

   
Nectar Pot
$12.95
Description: Comes with 3 interchangable colored knobs to identify which nectar is stored. Heat it, pour it, and store it. 2 liter.

 

   
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