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How to Make Butterfly Nectar

By Betty Lewis | Updated November 01, 2017

Jens Lambert/Demand Media

Items you will need

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

  • 4 cups of water

  • Sauce pan

  • Shallow pan, such as a pie pan

  • Paper towels

  • Red, yellow and/or orange sponges or pot scrubbers to line the pan

  • Storage jar

Butterflies are more than pretty insects; they perform an important ecological role by pollinating a host of plants -- in fact, only bees are more productive pollinators. There's also a peacefulness that comes with watching a beautiful butterfly flit through the garden. There are a variety of plants to attract butterflies, but if your thumb is more brown than green, or you don't feel like maintaining a garden, you can make your own butterfly nectar at home.

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Bring water and sugar to boil in a sauce pan, stirring to dissolve the sugar thoroughly.

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Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.

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Line the pan with several layers of paper towels topped with the colorful sponges -- butterflies are attracted to bright colors such as red, yellow and orange.

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Pour the cooled sugar water into the pan to saturate the paper towels and sponges.

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Position your feeder in your garden, in a spot about 6 inches above the tallest flowers in a warm, sunny spot.

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Store leftover nectar in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Photo Credits

  • Jens Lambert/Demand Media