Friday, June 3, 2011

First Aid for Butterflies

We all admire the beauty of butterflies in the garden.  They bring colorful movement into the garden space, and help pollinate our garden flowers and plants.  It's a shame when we see an injured butterfly. Like most people, I've always assumed that butterflies are so fragile that you can't do anything to help a butterfly with a torn wing or other problem. 

But today I ran across this interesting article that explains how a butterfly's wing can be gently fixed so he can go on his way. It also explains how to revive a listless butterfly with a sugar solution.  I never would have thought of that!  These tips are from "The Family Butterfly Book" by Rick Mikula.  It has tips on how to raise butterflies, what plants to add to the garden to attract butterflies, even to raising butterflies as a business. Wouldn't that be a fun job!
Click the link below to read the entire article on butterfly first aid. 

First Aid For Butterflies