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  1. Why Butterflies are important

    Why Butterflies are important

    To mark National Butterfly Awareness Day on Saturday, Johnsons of Whixley shares six reasons why we should all try to protect our winged friends:

    1. Butterflies are great for educational purposes. Their life cycles are fascinating and watching them go from egg to caterpillar to butterfly is incredible.

    2. Butterflies have been used scientifically for centuries to investigate many areas of biological research.

    3. Butterflies play an important role in pollinating flowers. Pollen collects on the butterfly’s body as it feeds on a flower’s nectar. As the butterfly moves on to a new flower, it carries the pollen with it.

    4. Thousands of people travel abroad each year looking for butterflies. Eco-tours bring valuable income to many countries.

    5. Butterflies are sensitive to climate change. Scientists monitor butterflies as a method of watching for warning signs of the more widespread effects of the phenomenon.

    6. Butterflies are an important part of the food chain, particularly to birds and bats.

    Posted 31st May 3:29pm
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  2. How to attract butterflies to your garden

    How to attract butterflies to your garden

    Want to attract butterflies to your garden?

    1) “Butterflies like a lot of sunlight”! Be sure to choose plants that do well in full sun like Echinacea, Verbena and Lavender.
    2) Do choose native and non-native plants to encourage different butterflies to your garden
    3) Try to provide nectar throughout the butterfly season choosing early and late bloomers.
    4) Prolong flowering by deadheading flowers, this will encourage a second lot of flowers – meaning more nectar for butterflies!
    5) Do try to plant along a fence, building or hedge to protect butterflies from the wind.
    6) Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

    Posted 20th Mar 6:50pm
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