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 species – of these, up to 22 can be recorded in gardens.

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. Provide both, and you’ll have a butterfly haven. Try to plant plenty of different nectar plants that flower throughout spring, summer and autumn, in a sheltered, sunny spot.