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    Default Any tips on seducing butterflies?

    those who went to the fragile forest in the Singapore Zoological Gardens must have seen this tray off syrup for the butterflies to feed on, i was wondering if it its possible to purchase, mix, or produce this syrup. so i can pour it in a park or something and lots of butterfly will come and eat it. thus enabling us to take photos?



    sorry for the noob question, not sure if its possible. anyone tried?
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    Not sure about the syrup but insects disappear when the whether gets warm, so early morning and night would be good timings to see a lot of butterflies

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    a sexy lingere and soft music should do it
    shaddap and just shoot .... up close
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    a sexy lingere and soft music should do it
    Some wine as well. Don't forget flowers! They are suckers for flowers
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    a sexy lingere and soft music should do it
    Nice one, Ed. Must try this someday.

    TS, pop over to Butterflies of Singapore blog and read the feature articles. You may pick up a thing or two about butt shooting eventually.

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    You can try salt licks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Papilio View Post
    Nice one, Ed. Must try this someday.

    TS, pop over to Butterflies of Singapore blog and read the feature articles. You may pick up a thing or two about butt shooting eventually.
    Butt shooting?!
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    You can try the butterfly garden at sentosa imbiah lookout. Although you need to pay to go in, but the butterflies there are not human shy and you can touch and even hold them. Managed to even take videos and snap photos. I even took and place some on my daughter's head, shoulders and arms.
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    jokes aside...... I've seen some people go a day earlier to bait an area with cut fruits and such and spray a small area down with sugar water etc etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Papilio View Post
    Nice one, Ed. Must try this someday.

    TS, pop over to Butterflies of Singapore blog and read the feature articles. You may pick up a thing or two about butt shooting eventually.
    roger! thanks alot! i will read up there.

    Quote Originally Posted by andeelym View Post
    You can try the butterfly garden at sentosa imbiah lookout. Although you need to pay to go in, but the butterflies there are not human shy and you can touch and even hold them. Managed to even take videos and snap photos. I even took and place some on my daughter's head, shoulders and arms.
    sounds good to me, been some time since i went to sentosa le! alright~ morning is good right?

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    jokes aside...... I've seen some people go a day earlier to bait an area with cut fruits and such and spray a small area down with sugar water etc etc
    u mean in sentosa itself?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by XavierShoot View Post
    roger! thanks alot! i will read up there.


    sounds good to me, been some time since i went to sentosa le! alright~ morning is good right?


    u mean in sentosa itself?!
    I think he meant in public parks and gardens

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    Default Re: Any tips on seducing butterflies?

    I have had some luck by rubbing a piece of over ripe pineapple on a few leaves to attract butterflies, there was the added bonus of dragon flies as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    jokes aside...... I've seen some people go a day earlier to bait an area with cut fruits and such and spray a small area down with sugar water etc etc
    my concern is, would it alter the behaviour of butterflies?

    maybe the butterfly expert here could comment.

    i.e. if the butterflies in an area get used to having presence of food that is not present in their usual natural environment, would this have any effect on their behaviour?

    my understanding is that this practice is more or less frowned upon in many other branches of nature, e.g. birds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrov View Post
    Butt shooting?!
    yep. BUTT shooting.

    so far my experience at the hortpark one, is the more still u are, the more sweaty u are, the more likely they wanna sit on u...

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    Quote Originally Posted by allenleonhart View Post
    yep. BUTT shooting.

    so far my experience at the hortpark one, is the more still u are, the more sweaty u are, the more likely they wanna sit on u...
    they like salty stuff?
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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    my concern is, would it alter the behaviour of butterflies?

    maybe the butterfly expert here could comment.

    i.e. if the butterflies in an area get used to having presence of food that is not present in their usual natural environment, would this have any effect on their behaviour?

    my understanding is that this practice is more or less frowned upon in many other branches of nature, e.g. birds.
    Got to introduce one of my Malaysian macro-maniac friends to u one day.... guy has an entire PORTABLE homemade 1.3m 'tree' all set up for attracting macro subjects .... set up as in having holes drilled all over on the big and small branches for the expressed purpose of keeping insect bait out of sight when executing images.... and the 'formulas' that they use.... from papaya to chicken liver juice mashed with crickets to corn flaks with cheese etc etc etc .... with food dyes and all to keep everything camouflaged from the viewer

    Home birders do set up feeders (feeding stations ) hanging from trees, short posts or even outside windows and stock them up with seeds

    http://birdingdepot.com/

    But thats a different debate altogether... like set-up or au naturale shot
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    Default Re: Any tips on seducing butterflies?

    Quote Originally Posted by XavierShoot View Post
    they like salty stuff?
    no idea... but i was salty...

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    Default Re: Any tips on seducing butterflies?

    I once read in a macro book on some ways to shoot butterflys.

    1. Pee somewhere before sun rise. Apparently butterflys and other insects will be attracted to the moisture. IMHO, probably attract flies more than anything, as seen during ns outfields.

    2. 1part sugar+ 3part water. Spray onto flowers in early morning before sun rise. Probably just emulating a "sweet flower"

    3. Shoot on colder morning as apparently most insects move slower as temperature decreases. Probably not exactly feasible in singapore.

    4. Catch and put inside fridge for 5-10mins then shoot in studio. Just trying to acchieve the above, but I really don't dare to do something like this. It is claim to be harmless to the insect as it starts moving normally as it warms up after a few mins out of the fridge. Fridge temp is probably like typical early spring.

    So far, I find it the easiest to shoot butterfly around 8am. Ample sunlight and butterflies all busy at work. Too late it get very hot and no more butterflies. My spotting of butterflies is like seasonal, as in they come and go with the flowers and it seems certain flowers attract certain type of butterfly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XavierShoot View Post
    they like salty stuff?
    Yup. Animals in the wild (birds, butterflies, tigers etc) will lick at naturally occurring salt licks to get required salts and minerals into their systems.

    There was a natural salt lick in a place in Perak, it was accidentally destroyed during construction work and the butterflies in that area all disappeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed9119 View Post
    Got to introduce one of my Malaysian macro-maniac friends to u one day.... guy has an entire PORTABLE homemade 1.3m 'tree' all set up for attracting macro subjects .... set up as in having holes drilled all over on the big and small branches for the expressed purpose of keeping insect bait out of sight when executing images.... and the 'formulas' that they use.... from papaya to chicken liver juice mashed with crickets to corn flaks with cheese etc etc etc .... with food dyes and all to keep everything camouflaged from the viewer

    Home birders do set up feeders (feeding stations ) hanging from trees, short posts or even outside windows and stock them up with seeds

    http://birdingdepot.com/

    But thats a different debate altogether... like set-up or au naturale shot
    understand that loads of people do such a thing, but how about potential long-term effects?

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