Homemade Butterfly Nectar
Recipe -- This Sugar/Water mixture is an alternative food for butterflies. Make it
in any quantity you want keeping the ration of 4/1 (4 parts water to 1 part sugar).
Boil the water; add the sugar; stir until the sugar is
completely dissolved. Large batches can be made and stored in the fridge for 3-4
weeks. This nectar recipe can also be used for hummingbird feeders.
Cool before offering it to the butterflies.
You can pour a small amount of the solution into your
homemade jar feeder
OR into a hummingbird feeder,
OR in a shallow container,
OR onto a new kitchen sponge placed in a dish.
Note: Butterflies are attracted to the colors red or
orange. Selecting those colors for sponges will attract more butterflies.
Use a fork to mash overripe bananas on a paper plate.
Add an equal amount of brown sugar and mix.
Put a dollop of the mixture on a saucer
The bait can be stored in a container with a lid in the
refrigerator for several days.
To ferment the bait add a bottle of beer (not lite) to the
Do NOT tighten the lid
Place in the garage
It can be used immediately, but will become most effective if
left to ferment.
I've not tried this version so have no comment to make about it.