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Butterfly House and Feeders for Gardens

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18th July 2014

A Butterfly House or Feeder added to the garden can encourage a wider range of species of butterflies than you may otherwise see.

Orange Tip ButterflyThe image that springs to mind when considering butterflies is that of bright sunny days with these delicate insects displaying wonderfully bright colours and an almost fanciful if not erratic flight as if there is no set destination in mind.

From the insect family ‘Lepidptera’, there are nearly 60 butterfly species resident in the UK, along with a few regular visitors flying in from Europe. However, many species require very specialised habitats such as chalk downland or coppiced woodland and are therefore unlikely to appear in our domestic gardens.

Amongst the 10 species most likely to be spotted in UK Comma Butterflygardens are the Whites, Red Admiral, Peacock, Comma, and Small Tortoiseshell. With more and more of us creating wildlife friendly areas or carefully planning the planting of flower beds, we not only aid already resident butterflies but attract more of the less common species.

Butterfly populations are recorded because they are considered an ‘indicator species’. This is because their numbers rise and fall rapidly depending on the prevailing climate. Over recent decades their numbers Peacock Butterflyhave fallen dramatically although the summer of 2013 did see many species bounce back to safer levels. Charities such as Butterfly Conservation do excellent work monitoring and researching butterfly populations through schemes such as the Big Butterfly Count.