Use homemade butterfly nectar to attract butterflies to any area of your yard that you wish. To make butterfly nectar, you need granulated sugar, water, a pot, a long spoon and your stove.
Gather 4 cups of water, 1 cup of granulated sugar, a pot and a long spoon near your stove top.
Mix the water and granulated sugar in a pot, and stir it thoroughly.
Bring the mixture to a boil, and allow it to boil until the sugar is dissolved.
Remove the mixture from the heat when the sugar is dissolved.
Serve the nectar to the butterflies. Soak a paper towel, or bright orange or yellow kitchen sponge, with the nectar. Place the towel or sponge in a shallow dish, and place the dish outside. Place the dish of nectar 4 or 5 inches higher than the tallest blooms of any nectar flowers you have planted. Alternatively, use the nectar to fill any butterfly feeders that you have hanging in your garden.
Store unused nectar in a covered container in the refrigerator. Stored nectar can stay fresh for up to seven days.
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