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Old 23rd July 2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Talking Butterflies- you've gotta them!

They are just beautiful aren't they?
and so are moths! I was surprised to see an elephant hawk moth in my garden a few nights back, he frightened me half to death at first, they are big!!

Anyway ... anyone have any tips on attracting butterflies? or want to list the species they have in their garden? also I was just wondering if anyone on here had ever tried making or buying butterfly feeders... do they work?

Heres my backgarden list so far.. :

butterflies -
tortoiseshells
cabbage whites
red admirals
speckled woods

moths -
silver ground carpets
elephant hawk
plumes
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Old 23rd July 2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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and heres a few of my pics!

gatekeeper
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cinnabar moth
http://spidertribe.files.wordpress.c.../07/blog-7.jpg
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Old 23rd July 2010, 07:46 PM   #3
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- oh and the brimstone butterfly
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Old 24th July 2010, 07:41 AM   #4
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somehow i managed to miss the word 'love' off of this thread.
haha! my apologies.
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Old 24th July 2010, 05:48 PM   #5
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I haven't tried butterfly feeders myself, but the RSPB is advertising one in its Autumn catalogue, 9.99, and 3.99 for the nectar to put in it. Our main butterfly attractants are buddleia (aka butterfly bush) and lavender, both in bloom at present, but there are many other plants they like, and also not forgetting caterpillar food plants.
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I should try planting some buddleia and lavender, I guess thank you
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Old 28th July 2010, 03:29 PM   #7
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The herb Marjoram is loved by Gatekeepers in my garden. I counted 10 on the plant at one time a couple of days ago when it was really hot and sunny, but even on a cooler, windy day like today there were seven.

Scabious is another plant that they like, and also Verbena.

It is worth giving some of these a try, as they are quite easy to grow from seed or to buy in pots from garden centres.


I have seen only one Painted Lady so far this year, but I thought I saw a Silver Washed Fritillary last week, although I only saw it for a few seconds. Mind you, it is unlikely to be confused with much else due to its size.

A big orange butterfly, far bigger than a Comma.

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I don't know one butterfly from another but we have notice this year an increase in the amount that comes into the garden.
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Old 1st August 2010, 04:35 PM   #9
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that's good news jeff!
if you ever need some help identifying one, you can always try asking me or anyone else on here who knows anything on butterflies.

Moths are another story, though! alot of them are dark colours, so they are very hard to master!
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We have had quite a few in our garden today and mainly the white type of butterfly but as we were sat on the patio a small brown one came and landed on the wife's leg, looking at your pictures is looked like the gatekeeper, it quite happily sat on her leg for around five minutes.

The white ones seem to like the new grape vines we have just planted but we don't know why?
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