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Monday, 12 February 2018
The first butterflies emerge...
It's mid-winter, but we might see a Brimstone or two - but plant some Buckthorn for them!
Welcome to February's ‘all aflutter’.
Despite sub-zero temperatures across much of the
UK things are getting steamy this month as we investigate how the courtship rituals of butterflies and moths
differ from our own. If the
winter chill hasn't deterred you from getting out in the garden then take
inspiration from this month's gardening blog and plant some Buckthorn. As well
as overwintering butterflies appearing on sunny days, moths are starting to
emerge. Some caterpillars can also be seen at this time of year, looking for a
quick snack before hunkering down again. We've picked three species for you to
keep an eye out for in February. If you're keen to brush up on your butterfly
knowledge then make sure you snap up a ticket for our Butterfly Recorders
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is the month of romance and if you are planning to wear your heart on your
sleeve on the 14th, it's probably best that you don't take dating tips from a
butterfly or moth.
we might dress to impress, butterflies flaunt their colourful wings. Male
butterflies are often brighter with more elaborate markings than females of the
same species. It's not uncommon for a female to end up mobbed by a group of
males competing for her affections by flashing their finery.
place of a spray of perfume, some female moths release pheremones to lure in a
male. This scent can travel more than 100 metres on the wind, drawing in
potential suitors. The boys will then aim to outdo each other with their aerial
manoeuvres but if their dancing isn't up to scratch they will receive the cold
our blog to find out about the more bizarre habits of love-struck butterflies
and moths. If your Valentine is a wildlife enthusiast you can impress them with
some Lepidoptera love stories.
shrubs are best planted in autumn but early spring provides a second chance to
add a Buckthorn bush to your butterfly-friendly garden.
provides caterpillar food as well as nectar for Brimstone butterflies.
Buckthorn is extremely hardy, will grow in almost any soil type and thrives in
full sun or partial shade. Its dense and prickly foliage also makes an excellent
boundary hedge, providing shelter for wildlife whilst thwarting potential
soon as your soil starts to thaw, take the opportunity to get