Butterfly Plants

Butterflies are the most magical of all insects, flashes of colour that flit through gardens at will searching for nectar from flowers such as crocuses, eupatorium, asters, buddleijas, wallflowers, globe thistles, coneflowers, Verbena bonariensis, ice plants and scabious. Each has its own character. Small tortoiseshells are amongst Britain’s most common butterflies, with a distinctive orange, brown and blue colouring that varies according to temperature. Red Admirals migrate hundreds of miles from southern Europe, whereas Commas are a rare success story, having returned from the brink of extinction. And then there are Peacocks which deter would-be predators by rubbing their wings together to create a warning hiss and ultrasonic clicks that scare bats.

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