So you like the idea of feeding butterflies, eh? And you want to do more than just planting native flowers, right? Here's your post!
Start with a lumpy stick in your yard that you can smear things on. Hang it from a tree. Preferably within range of a hammock.
Hammock, tree, stick.
Take a dark ale (Guinness in this case), a bit of brown sugar, and a banana.
Blend thoroughly, preferably keeping the mixture of a syrupy consistency. Smear on stick hanging from tree. Enjoy from the hammock.
And this is where the instructions end. For normal people.
But, no, Matt and I had to be brave and attempt to *eat* durian. I mean, jackfruit and starfruit and lychees are pretty good. Durian? It's not really a fruit so much as a fibrous mush. If you like muted onion-ish garlic paste, it's the fruit for you! Sadly, Matt was unable to stomach much more than two nibbles. I managed to ponder the athletic-sock aroma for a bit longer before deciding that instead of throwing it away, we might as well feed it out. Hence, this is a butterfly-food post.
Guinness, brown sugar, durian fruit, with a token banana to mock the experiment.
Once blended, it looks a bit like vomit and doesn't smell much better. One brave Hackberry Emperor decided that it was ok and a stink bug of some sort decided to investigate as well. The yellow-jackets, though interested, kept a good distance. I wouldn't be surprised if the squirrels boycotted us or died (they usually enjoy the beer/sugar/banana mix). Silly durian, made of toxic fart-smell.
We'll just leave the final concoction thumbnail sized, for your sake. Good thing this page isn't scratch-and-sniff, eh?
Maybe if the squirrels would stop stealing rotting fruit, we'd be able to go back to citrus slices and watermelon rinds and other such mushy sugar sources.
PS - This post is entitled "butterfly feeding," because it would otherwise have been "Matt and Heidi's Awesome Adventures with Beer and VomitFruit" (and who on earth would would make the connection?)