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September 16, 2013

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Another trick for attracting the colorful, winged insects drew a few laughs, but Zeimer said it works great: “Butterflies love rotting fruit. The more rotten it is, the more they love it.”

Whitrock said that’s because “rotting fruit ferments.”

Right, agreed Zeimer. Butterflies get a little bit “inebriated” on the fermenting sugar. When she supplies fermenting fruit in her protected enclosure, a butterfly will fall off the fruit, than fly in an irregular path before another butterfly falls off the fruit.

In fact, try this, she said: Slice open an old banana the long way. Put it in a pie plate level with flowers in your yard. And pour a little regular beer (butterflies don’t like light beer, she remarked) over it.

“You’ll have every butterfly in the county in your garden,” Zeimer said.

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark

 

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