Fructose

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  • #50519

    kjm25
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    I see that fructose can be used to make homemade nectar for the monarch butterflies. I was just wondering if anyone can please tell me where I can purchase it from and under what name and brand it is.

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  • #50548

    FiLeBeau
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    Of course some Butterflies prefer to drink nectar from the marbles in a lid – and others prefer the sponge 🙂
    Experiment to see what works for yours!
    Best wishes
    Fiona

    #50538

    kjm25
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    Thanks very much Fiona. The info is much appreciated. The marbles sound like a really cool idea.
    Kim

    #50537

    FiLeBeau
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    Hi Kim
    I get a small or medium sized lid off a click-clack lid or tupperware container or similar that has a bit of depth to it.
    I dont use takeaway lids as Ive seen Buterflies get caught under the edge of the rim.

    I then put a natural Cellulose cleaning Sponge (not with antibacterial in it) from the supermarket in the lid. Coloured ones are fine – just check the wrapping to note they are not impregnated with antibacterial or disinfectant agents.

    I then pour enough Nectar on the sponge so that the Butterfly can drink from it.
    I dont make it too wet – to avoid their wings getting wet.
    If you push your finger in it it should be a bit squeclchy but not saturated.

    I also get another similar lid and put washed small marbles (from the Warehouse)
    in it. I pour the nectar to 2/3 up the marbles. The Butterflies stand on the marbles and drink!

    FTI I make up Nectar as follows:
    1 ½ tspns [not 2] Honey – dissolve in 2TB hot, not boiling, water
    – add 1 cup cold filtered Water
    1/8 tsp Soy Sauce
    Store in the fridge.
    Honey is mostly fructose and partly sucrose and other ‘dtuff’!
    I would not recommend sugar (sucrose), altough some sites do.

    Best wishes with this
    Fiona

    #50534

    kjm25
    Participant

    Thanks for the info Fiona. How do you feed them the nectar.
    Kim

    #50526

    FiLeBeau
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    Phone an Organics shop and see if they stock natural unflavoured fructose.

    Or online try https://nz.myprotein.com/sports-nutrition/fructose

    I just melt raw honey in a little hot water then and add tamari or organic soy sauce and water 🙂

    Regards
    Fiona

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