Make a butterfly fruit feeder

Here's how to do it

Leave out some over-ripe or rotting fruit to attract butterflies to your Wild Space.

Flower nectar is an important source of sugar for many adult butterflies and moths, but did you know that some also feed on tree sap, aphid-honeydew and rotting fruit?

Try leaving out soft fruits like bananas, berries, melon, oranges and plums in your Wild Space in the late summer and autumn to attract butterflies like Red Admirals, Commas, Peacocks and Painted Ladies, as well as moths such as Merveille de Jour and the Pink-barred Sallow.

Butterflies and moths feed through their straw-like tongues and so mushier, over-ripe fruit is best. Try freezing chopping and freezing it first to make it extra-soft. When the fruit has dried out, replace it with some more fruit.

Species that will benefit from this idea

Red Admiral

Vanessa atalanta

Painted Lady

Vanessa cardui


Polygonia c-album


Aglais io

Merveille du Jour

Dichonia aprilina

Pink-barred Sallow

Xanthia togata