Pollinators, Bees and Butterflies: Butterfly/Moth Habitat/Feeder - Interactive
Made from solid FSC certified timber, this product, designed for butterflies and moths combines both a feeder and habitat for roosting and hibernating. The attractively shaped 'butterfly' carcass, which is suitable for hanging or seating, features retractable feed trays on either side and a removable central hibernating cassette (allows easy inspection). Each tray has a special ‘flower attractor’ utilising an easy-clean flexible plastic cup and a painted flower pattern which uses specialist ultra-violet attractor paint. When attracting butterflies, the trays are suitable for either a nectar solution or can be filled with fruit. When not in use the feed trays can be rotated within the main carcass or during the winter period can be used to provide greater insulation. The removable cassette, which simply lifts out can be easily removed for inspection and /or monitoring.
An attractive and interesting product suitable for any wildlife garden.
Site the box in a warm sheltered position, out of prevailing winds, ideally to catch the morning sun. Use butterfly food and/or fruit to fill the pots.
Educational, interactive, made from durable FSC timber, feeder and habitat, utilises special attractive ultra-violet paint coatings
Why have a Butterfly/Bee Nectar Feeder in the garden?
Aside from attracting these elegant insects simply for their beauty, by keeping a butterfly/bee nectar feeder, you can encourage butterflies (and bees) to visit and linger in your garden and benefit the pollination of plantlife in the surrounding area.
Butterflies are the second largest group of pollinators after bees. However, as each type of butterfly depends on different plants and places such as woodlands, hedgerows and gardens, they can be a good and early indicator of the health of these particular ecosystems.
Most butterflies prefer plants that are pink, red, purple or yellow. Favourite plants include; buddleia, lavender, sedum, Echinacea and sweet William.
Why have a Bumble Bee Nester in the garden?
Separate from common farmed Honey bees, bumble bees have a vital role in the plant pollination process, both in ornamental and food production roles. However, bees worldwide are in decline and their habitats are under threat from loss of habitat, intensive agriculture, development and indiscriminate use of pesticides and herbicides.
By offering Solitary bees a home in a safe and protected environment, you can make a really practical and potentially species saving contribution to conservation and biodiversity whilst benefiting the pollination of plantlife in the surrounding area.