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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Butterfly cocoon save school butterfly meadow

I have never seen a butterfly cocoon until today! And lucky for me I had my camera at the ready. I wonder if this is a sign of good luck which may save our school butterfly meadow from being sold off for housing? 

Over the weekend I purchased the July 2011 Gardeners World magazine because of the heading "Save our butterflies." It is jam packed full of information about all the plants you need to grow for caterpillars and butterflies to nibble on. I never knew stinging nettles were a source of food for caterpillars so I have been asking my friends if they have any they don't want. I think they think I have gone loopy lou, ha ha. Because lets face it who wants stinging nettles in their garden "butterfly spotters like me do, thats who!" Anyway, although I adore this magazine and want to treasure it forever I thought I should donate it to the school in the hope that they can find a way to save the school butterfly field. I miss this magazine already so have had to order another one! Here is some video footage of the butterfly meadow on school grounds.

For a good six years I tried planting all sorts of plants to attract coloured butterflies with no luck. That was until I found out about the butterfly plant buddleia. This plant is amazing. I have managed to photograph and video butterflies on this plant. And thanks to the magazine I now know the names of the butterflies: Peacock, Comma and Small Tortoiseshell. I have even seen small blue butterflies which are so fast you just cannot photograph them, or can you? I am going to plant some more plants that are recommended by Alan Titchmarsh and see what magical butterflies I can attract to our Butterfly Lullaby garden and fairy den.

If you want to find out more about butterflies join the Butterfly Conservation and protect our children's future as dreams can come true, but sometimes you have to fight for it! Please join the Butterfly Count and photograph and video as many butterflies as you can! And if you truly love butterflies you will find out as much information as you can to feed and look after the caterpillars and butterflies in your garden. I for one have stopped using insecticides and pesticides as it is not good for wildlife!


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