Keeping fountain water fresh and safe for butterflies

brieninsacApril 23, 2012

I have a recirculating fountain as part of our butterfly garden. I have some large rocks in it to allow a safe place for butterflies to sit and drink. However, the water tends to get kinda slimy after a week or two. I know there are chemicals you can put in the water to prevent that from happening. But obviously I don't want to harm the butterflies either.

So I was curious is others have found a way to treat fountain water without harming the butterflies?

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Butterflies are used to encountering slimy water in nature. They do not drink water anyway. They may dab at a damp fountain or rock surface, looking for minerals, but they have no use for standing water.

I do not know if treated water that splashes and wets fountain rocks would harm the butterflies.

How often do you see butterflies landing on the fountain, and do they linger there?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 11:30PM
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