The season is changing. There is a definite sense that things are warming up and we know that there is still a lot of wintery spells still to come… and there are caterpillars everywhere… furry, colourful, spikey,… dozens of caterpillars.
Anyway we have been hoping to spot butterflies… some of us are very optimistic about all this… we have been reading this book about how to attract butterflies into our garden…
There are so many gems of wisdom in this book, it is packed with all sorts of things that you can do in your garden to attract butterflies into it, and I am sure that along with the butterflies a whole host of other interesting visitors will be stopping by and calling your garden home. This is a good thing, greening little patches of the environment, one by one… can only improve our natural habitats and the biodiversity around our homes. The book covers different biomes of gardens in South Africa and different types of gardens… and suggests very specific types of plants you can use to make your garden more attractive to butterflies. There is a chapter on the life cycle of butterflies and their feeding habits and then it goes on to list almost a hundred butterflies… a page spread for each of them, with clear and detailed photographs each life stage and packed with suggestions that would make your garden more attractive to them. It is a fascinating read and my kids have been pouring over it. I feel a new enthusiasm for garden projects over the next little while as we learnt that there are quite a few things that we can do to make our garden more hospitable to butterflies, easy and doable projects.
Se7en Simple Steps to Improving Your Garden for Butterflies
- Create wide open spaces.
- Butterflies are attracted to nectar plants.
- Fill your garden with a variety of textures, and layers.
- Rocks with morning sun, they like to warm up on them.
- They like muddy patches.
- Your garden needs areas that have been left to go wild.
- Areas that provide shelter.
- Feature plants for the butterflies to perch on.
Meanwhile my team of butterfly enthusiasts have been working their way through the Pocket Guide… It’s a great guide that is small and light and fits in their backpacks no problem. It is has a section on tips for identifying the butterflies: size, shape, colour, markings, behaviour and distribution… not to mention how the pupas look and similar species… what months of the year you will find them. More than 250 butterflies are on display in this book. So much information has been put into this book, but it is carefully displayed and very easy to use, even for junior users who are looking to improve their nature notebooks.
We would like to thank Struik Nature and Penguin Random House for the books, that they provided for review purposes. This is not a sponsored post and all opinions expressed are as usual entirely our own.