Use this recipe for how to make butterfly nectar to make butterfly food to place in your yard.
Besides the myriad of beautifully colored and wonderfully scented flowers that you can plant throughout your garden and yard, there are a few other things you can do to draw butterflies in and keep them coming back. Making them feel welcome with food and shelter works for relatives and butterflies alike. One thing is to offer them butterfly nectar scattered about, hanging in trees or placed in shallow dishes tucked in shady spots. It costs very little to make butterfly food and takes just a few minutes. Children love helping to put together this simple recipe for butterfly nectar and watching the parade of winged wonders that will surely pass by your yard.
How to Make Butterfly Nectar Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- twine or string
- In a small saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a boil, stir in sugar and simmer until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and cool completely.
- While syrup is cooling cut sponges into 4 smaller rectangles.
- Cut or poke a small hole in each sponge.
- Cut 8″ length of string and thread through a sponge.
- Dip the sponge in syrup until full, allow excess to drip from sponge before hanging on limbs, porch railings or anywhere else you want to leave a “drink station” for your winged friends.
Alternatively, you can place several sponges in a shallow dish with the syrup mixture and place the butterfly food in your garden.
Be sure that you also have plants in your yard for the butterflies as well as the plants that the caterpillars will need after hatching. Research the butterflies that are common to your area, what plants they need for their full lifecycle, and plant them in your yard. You don't want to use this butterfly nectar to attract butterflies to your yard if you cannot support them.