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Help Hibernating Butterflies in the Winter

Have you ever thought about what happens to hibernating butterflies in the winter? As a landscaper, this is something you should take into consideration. It’s a difficult season for them, but a butterfly house could be the perfect solution! Butterflies are beautiful in sunnier months, but in winter, they need a place to hibernate.

Why you should Help Hibernating Butterflies in the Winter

Monarch butterflies, the largest butterfly in the British Isles, is known to migrate long distances. In fact, across the pond, adult butterflies can migrate as far north as Canada to Mexico. Apparently, the migration is seen as one of nature’s most incredible sights! While many species in the UK will also migrate south for the winter, many species of British butterflies stay. Instead of migrating, they will hibernate for the colder months.

There are approximately 59 species of butterfly known to breed in the UK. Some the ones that hibernate in over the winter are:

  • Red Admiral
  • Painted Lady
  • Peacock
  • Small Tortoiseshell
  • Speckled Wood
  • Brimstone
  • Clouded Yellow

Many species can survive the winter as eggs or as caterpillars. Many adult butterflies, however, can survive the colder months by hibernating in the right place. However, in order for a butterfly to survive, it must rely on external sources of heat. A butterfly’s body cannot warm itself up like that of a human or a mammal. This is where the problems begin. The ideal environment for a butterfly to successfully hibernate is somewhere that is both cold and dry.

The aim of hibernation is to conserve energy. So, if a butterfly were to get too warm, they would come out of hibernation. This would then cause them to fly around and waste energy. They may not be able to find their way back to a shelter that is suitable. If the butterfly gets wet or chooses somewhere to hibernate that is damp, they can suffer from fungal infections. You may have noticed a couple of butterflies try to make their way into your home as the days have cooled. However, central heating is not good for butterflies at all. In fact, it can kill them.

Butterfly Shelters can Complete your Landscaping Project

Whether it be yourself or your client who wants to create a welcoming environment for wildlife, a butterfly shelter is an ideal shelter throughout the year. You can purchase butterfly shelters that can be used in summer as feeding trays and closed up for the winter. There are many online to choose from, but they can complement your garden design beautifully. Remember to surround them with a wide range of flowers and plants to allow it to blend into the overall design.

Talk to Ladybrook Nursery

Once you have purchased your desired butterfly shelter, it’s time to decorate around it. Ladybrook Nursery is home to 13 acres of plant-life just waiting to fill your next landscaping project! To find out more, get in touch.

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