for Butterflies: Butterflies visit gardens to drink
nectar for energy. There are a number of plants and shrubs
that are ideal, its is important to provide flowers throughout
the season. The two crucial times are during the spring when
flowers are available for butterflies emerging from hibernation.
In addition late summer and early autumn flowering plants
are necessary to build up reserves in the run up to winter.
spring plants: Aubretia, Forget-me-not
Late summer/autumn plants:
French marigolds, Michaelmas daisy
Ice plant, Mint
Ivy, Red valerian
varieties often have more nectar than new hybrids. Be sure
to water wildlife gardens properly, the amount of nectar reduces
dramatically if plants are not regularly watered. It is important
to remember that butterflies will concentrate in the warmer
areas of a garden or meadow. Sunny, sheltered spots in the
garden are most popular with the majority of species.
|Holly and Ivy
|Buckthorn and alder Buckthorn
has been a return of the Speckled Wood butterfly in recent
years. The species which hadn’t been seen since the
early 19th century due to the prolonged cold period forcing
them south. This was one of the findings made from the Butterfly
Conservation survey which has published its results.
reprinted with kind permission of Martin Warren at Butterfly
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