Backyard DIY: Ladybug Feeder

In case aphids are in limited supply to your ladybugs, the polka-dotted pretties will still need a source of food if you want them to stay in your backyard habitat. This simple ladybug feeder will keep them happy and dry throughout the seasons.

Step 1 - Prepping the Bamboo

Measure your bamboo. Marked off at 10". After you've made your mark, use your pencil to draw a line tapering the end at an angle. This will provide a sort of umbrella to keep the rain out of your ladybug feeder. Use your saw to cut the line at the angle, being careful not to split your bamboo. Do the same thing on the opposite end and then you're left with the finished bamboo. If your ends are really sharp or jagged, you can gently sand them with a piece of sandpaper.

Step 2 - Adding The Holes

Use your drill to drill holes just slightly bigger than the twine you're using.

Step 3 - Assembling

Insert twine ends through the holes, making a double knot on each end.

Step 4 - Finishing Touches

When you hang your ladybug feeder, insert a few raisins into the feeder. The raisins will draw the ladybugs to the feeder and feed them if aphids or other insects are scarce.

Step 5 – Hanging

Mount the feeder close to a food source, we recommend near flowering plants such as rose bushes or other notorious aphid attracters.


Related: Backyard Critters: Ladybugs

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08.14.13  12:00PM    KAREN B

Categories: backyard habitat,gardening

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