2nd October 2019

keepinginsects
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What do you feed a butterfly with?

Nectar can be given by offering fresh flowers of the species that the butterfly visits in nature. It is easier to supply a sugary solution to feed your butterfly. You can dissolve sugar or honey in water in dilution of 7 parts water and 1 part sugar. Mix this solution well and refresh it every day.

What do the monarch butterflies eat?

Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.), and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. With shifting land management practices, we have lost much milkweed from the landscape.

What do you feed a newly hatched butterfly?

If you are making nectar for newly hatched butterflies from a kit or those you've received through the mail, you'll need some table sugar and water. Mix 1 part sugar to 4 parts warm water. Allow the sugar to fully dissolve. Saturate a tissue or paper towel with the solution and gently place your butterfly on the towel.
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