View Full Version : HELP Butterfly hatched but what do I feed them

22-05-2010, 06:10 PM
I have just noticed I have a butterfly :clapping: but can't find my piece of paper regarding sugar water. what do I need to feed them

22-05-2010, 06:14 PM
It says 1 part sugar to 4 parts water here -


Congratulations mummy :D

22-05-2010, 06:21 PM
We put drops of sugar/water solution onto some leaves & gave the some cut up oranges as well.

The Juggler
22-05-2010, 06:27 PM
ours hatched too! can't believe it. One of my mindees only comes on Fridays so he won't see them! I was hoping they'd hold on til Wed! Mother nature:panic: so inconsiderate:laughing: :laughing:

My instructions said soak a piece of tissue in 10 mls sugar to 250mls water then place on a plate in the net (keep mixture in fridge for replacing the tissue). Also they like old bananas and segments of orange (split them so the juice comes out.

Have you got the paitned ladies - they are lovely arent' they - me and dd were sooo excited!

22-05-2010, 08:49 PM
Congratulations ladies!:clapping:

Can we see some pictures please?

Miffy xx

23-05-2010, 06:37 AM
Well another 2 hatched while we were sleeping doh! Thanks for the feeding advice, will try and get some photos today.

Denise D
23-05-2010, 06:50 AM
It's also quite nice to use a pipette to drop the sugar water mixture onto fresh flowers and put them in with the butterflies. We did that last year and the children got to see them drinking the mixture from the flowers as they would do in nature.

23-05-2010, 06:55 AM
arent they so cool!

I had them last year and kept them in the net for 10 days before letting them go as weather was so rubbish.

23-05-2010, 08:10 AM
oooooo where did you get them from?

Carol M
23-05-2010, 08:12 AM
Got our catterpillers last weds. Don't they grow fast! My feeding instructions say sugar and water. Thanks for the tips regarding oranges and bananas.
Tadpoles are still tadpoles, just bigger. Mindees have taken some home as I have hundreds!
I love this time of year.

The Juggler
23-05-2010, 09:20 PM
arent they so cool!

I had them last year and kept them in the net for 10 days before letting them go as weather was so rubbish.

oooh! were they OK?? if that's OK I can keep them until fRiday when my mindee comes. He'll be devastated to miss them. I've taken loads of photos, guess it's time to try and upload to the forum - about time I tried after a year:laughing:

23-05-2010, 09:49 PM
All 5 of mine hatched The children loved watching them grow and change.
Sadly my tadpoles all died

24-05-2010, 07:11 AM
This thread gives me the creeps :laughing: :laughing:

oooooooooooh I am scared of them for those of you that do not know

I just can not imagine having them anywhere near me never mind wondering what to give them to eat

:eek: :eek:

Angel xxx