Peacock butterfly on buddleia


Butterflies are some of the most obvious and beautiful insect visitors to our gardens. In the UK, there are about 60 butterfly species – of these, up to 22 can be recorded in gardens. Take a look below at some of the most common UK butterflies:

Butterfly facts

Butterflies have four different life stages. During their short lifetime, they undergo a complete change, or metamorphosis. Each one begins life as an egg, hatches into a caterpillar, pupates into a chrysalis and then emerges as an adult. Butterflies need warmth to be active and fly, and they need to drink nectar for energy.

Plant plenty of different nectar plants that flower throughout spring, summer and autumn, in a sheltered, sunny spot to attract butterflies to your garden.