Saturday, July 14, 2012

Butterfly Refreshments for a Hot Summer!

Most of us love butterflies in the garden, but with the hot summer and lack of flowers, they may not visit your garden.  Butterflies feed on nectar and get their nutrients from soil, rotting manure and fruit.  They also feed from hummingbird feeders but usually that nectar is too thick for them plus they have trouble inserting their feeding tube, or proboscis, into it for a drink.  I like to make my own 'Buttlerfly Snack" and pour it onto a sponge or paper towels in a saucer.  Or you can sprinkle some over a dish or sand or soil.  Butterflies will land on the surface and can easily sip the nutrient-rich liquid.

All you need to do is the following:

Stir a 20 oz. sports drink (I like Vitamin water) and 2 cups of sugar together in a pan.  Bring the mix to a boil and remove it from the heat.

After it cools, add 2 Tbsp. of regular soy sauce. 

Serve immediately.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to three months in a covered jar or container.

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