Hummingbird Nectar Recipe 1 part sugar/4 parts water Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use. Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value. You will need to clean your feeder about once a week. According to the National Audubon Society
The hummingbird food recipe is made up of 1 part white granulated table sugar and 4 parts of regular tap water. This 1 to 4 ratio of sugar to water will closely resemble the nectar that hummingbirds get from flower blossoms.
Butterfly Feeder Brighten up your garden with a fabulous butterfly feeder! 10 parts water with one part sugar. Heat the mixture until the sugar dissolves, and allow to cool. Spoon some of the sugar water mixture onto the sponge until it is saturated Be careful not to add too much sugar to the butterfly food mixture. A higher concentration of sugar can dehydrate the butterflies. Tutorial via ‘ehow’