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Zone 78666 | Anonymous added on June 11, 2022 | Answered

Can vermiculite replace sand in a butterfly ‘puddler’?

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Answered on June 19, 2022

I did a little research on vermiculite, and I would stick with the mud or sand. Butterflies puddle not only for moisture but to sip nutrients. While there are nutrients in vermiculite, I couldn't find research that indicated they would be the same nutrients butterflies need. Plus, there is a small chance of vermiculite containing asbestos.



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