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How to Feed your Butterflies: A Simple Guide

You’ve got your butterflies ready for a mesmerizing release, but let’s talk about a crucial detail – feeding! When relocating these fragile creatures for hatching or moving them from triangular release envelopes into a box or display net cage, keeping them nourished ensures a vibrant and joyous experience. Here’s a user-friendly guide to butterfly feeding and care:


Top Food Picks:

  • Watermelon
  • Oranges
  • Melon or Passion Fruit
  • Gatorade
  • Vitamin Water
  • Homemade Mix: Combine nine parts water with one part sugar or honey.


Here are a few simple feeding methods for you to explore

Cotton Ball Method:

  • Soak cotton balls in any suggested liquid.
  • Place them in a shallow dish inside the box or cage.
  • Butterflies will naturally gravitate towards the cotton balls for a sip.

Net Cage Trick:

  • Brush recommended liquids onto the side of the net cage on the mesh
  • Butterflies will find and enjoy these tasty offerings.


  • Place organic, pesticide free flowers inside the box.
  • Uncertain if free of pesticides or chemicals? Stick to the foolproof cotton ball or net cage methods. 

With these simple feeding techniques, you’re not just releasing butterflies – you’re offering them a feast and ensuring a lively, magical flight. Happy feeding and enjoy the enchantment! 🦋✨

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