Thoughtfully designed to be useful throughout the year, The Butterfly Habitat provides a safe and cosy home for butterflies in all seasons.
During the spring and summer, a fold-down nectar-feeding tray allows butterfly food and sweet ripe fruit to be served to your butterflies. Come late autumn and winter the tray can be folded up to make a cosy over-wintering home for non-migratory butterflies. A slotted wooden cartridge creates super spaces for over-wintering species, including lacewings and ladybirds.
The instructions for use of the Butterfly Habitat are included on the inside of the product label wrap.
- Site the butterfly habitat in a sunny, sheltered spot, out of prevailing winds.
- The nectar pots should be regularly filled with a sugar water solution (see below). Feeding is especially effective in early spring and late summer when natural nectar is scarce.
- Regularly wash the nectar pots and replace the butterfly food to prevent build up of bacteria to which the butterflies may be susceptible.
- Place overripe fruit in the central plastic bowl; the sweeter the better.
- The Butterfly Habitat Home is made from slow-seasoned timber which is naturally durable so does not require additional treatments. The blue water-based painted finish is for decorative purposes and may be topped up periodically to maintain its appearance.
- You should see butterflies, hoverflies, bees and wasps drinking from the feeding cups. The over-wintering chamber provides shelter for many beneficial garden insects such as lacewings, butterflies or ladybirds.
Size: H 24.5cm x L24cm x D 18cm. Weight: 0.62kg.
To make the butterfly food use nine parts water and one part sugar. Add the sugar to the water and boil in a pan until it is dissolved. Let it cool.
To find out more about butterflies, including how to identify them, visit Butterfly Conservation, a charity doing great work on behalf of these wonderful insects.