What an interesting article…I’ve put out salt licks for deer ( in my foolish youth before I took up gardening:) but, never knew butterflies craved salt, too!
Butterflies are attracted to salt. For male butterflies especially, it is a vital nutrient. I decided to help them out and make a butterfly salt lick for my garden. I washed out a glass bowl, found an old discarded metal stand and glued them together.
I buried the legs of the stand into my garden soil near plants attractive to butterflies.
I brought home some of the Delaware Bay’s sandy beach.
I added a piece of driftwood, a few shells and sea glass shards as butterfly perches.
A bit of water to activate the salts and minerals in the sand was the last step. My project is finished. Hopefully, I will be able to capture a few photographs of butterflies drinking up the salt.
Click here to read why: Butterflies need salt?