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I lost the directions for my Live Butterfly Garden. The chrysallis are hatching and I need to know how to feed?

the butterflies. There were directions about how if you did not want to buy flowers you could do sugar water on a paper towel or something like that. But I am not sure how much sugar to mix with the water.And how much of the mixture to put on a paper towel. Can someone please help?

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2 Responses to “I lost the directions for my Live Butterfly Garden. The chrysallis are hatching and I need to know how to feed?”

  1. grannygrunt28391

    Read the link below for what to do
    HAND FEEDING – Usually feeding isn’t necessary, but in cases of extended bad weather there may be a need to feed your unreleased butterflies. In the wild, lack of sunshine and/or cool temperatures will make butterflies inactive, reducing their need for feeding. There has been quite a bit of discussion on what sugar/water ratio is appropriate for butterflies. It has been argued that butterflies require less sugar than there is in commercial hummingbird nectar mix, but it has also been argued that hummingbirds and butterflies feed from the same nectar sources in the wild. The most common formula seems to be 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. One tablespoon of sugar mixed with four tablespoons of water is a typical batch. ((Gatorade has also been recommended. Soak a small sponge with the liquid))) or place a few drops on a tabletop. ((Avoid large puddles;)) you don’t want the butterfly’s wings to get wet and sticky. Hold the butterfly by the upper wing tips and unroll the feeding tube with a toothpick, placing the tip in the mix.
    http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/butterfly/2004044550021472.html

    You can buy a butterfly feeder or use sponges to put some of the feed on.
    Good Luck
    Edited:
    Keep them indoors until there is warm weather and flowers for the nectar.

  2. egan

    I visited one last time and what I’ve noticed was they have oranges and lemons cut into thin slice and put on a plate and place around the garden. I think any other sweet fruit will do the trick. But then again depends on what butterfly you have. It helps too if you plants flowers. Its their natural food. Good luck!

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