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Old 12-06-2009, 01:17 AM   #11
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There are a quite a few butterflies in the Midwest that could be attracted to rotting fruit. Some of the more common ones that might show up at a feeder are:
Mourning Cloak (attached photo), Question Mark, Commas, Tortoiseshells, Admirals, Little Wood Satyr, Common Wood-Nymph and Red Spotted Purples.
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Old 01-13-2010, 08:34 AM   #12
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Fantastic thread - this is something I plan on trying next year. In addition to the afore-mentioned bananas and watermelon, it seems as if I have seen images of butterflies coming to grapes. Any other fruits that people have experience with?
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Old 01-15-2010, 12:39 PM   #13
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We visited MoBot last year. There was a phenomenal butterfly house that we thoroughly enjoyed. Throughout the butterfly house we found trays of mashed fruit. Grapes were used in the fruit trays.

When we returned home, we began offering trays of mashed fruit. We successfully used all fruit. The butterflies do not seem to mind what fruit is offered to them although they do like it moist.

I would suggest you place your tray in the shade. We added orange juice to prolong the life of the mashed fruit we offered.
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