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Old 04-14-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
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Morpho Butterfly 1 Butterfly Feeders

The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) has a couple of good articles on butterfly feeders:

Butterfly Feeders New Jersey

Butterfly Feeders Minnesota

Butterfly feeders can be very helpful for viewing those species of butterflies that rarely nectar on flowers. There are a lot of complex recipes/concoctions that are suggested for the contents of butterfly feeders, but these authors found that simple worked best.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting! I had started a tread on this a long time ago and this info is great!
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Old 04-16-2010, 11:58 AM   #3
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Timely information. Just yesterday spotted a Red Admiral in the garden. Being one of the few butterflies to overwinter as an adult and migrate far enough south to find warmer weather, it returns north starting as early as March. In early spring it will utilize rotting fruit and sap flow from trees, sometimes after woodpeckers have drilled.Later as nectaring blooms become abundant they are more likely to use the flowers. May try this idea away behind the garage, not near windows. I am not afraid of wasps but don't want to draw them too near.
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