To follow the theme of our upcoming moth and bat night here is some information from the Yorkshire branch of Buttterfly Conservation website http://www.yorkshirebutterflies.org.uk/index.htm. Stephen Clark from Butterfly Conservation will be coming to the Scarcroft Site this Friday to set up a moth trap and again on Saturday morning to help identify all the moths. We'll post the results of what we find here.
Aubretia - Easy to grow, has spring flowers.
Buddleia - The number one favourite - many varieties
Hebe - Attractive to butterflies
Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium maculatum 'Atropurpureum' ) Attractive to Butterflies
Larval Food Plants:
Garlic Mustard - For Orange Tips
Holly and Ivy - For Holly Blues. The Holly (for the first generation; both male and female plants are now known to be ok, but the larva are easily found on berries on the female plants). Ivy (for the second generation); some variegated species bear more flowers (which the larvae feed on at night) and are less invasive.
Nasturtium - For Large and Small Whites. The plants can be decimated, so make sure you grow plenty in clumps.
Nettles - If you can stand a patch in full sun. Cut part down in April to produce fresh new growth and encourage Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks to lay eggs on the plants in May/June.
Groundsel - For Cinnabar Moth caterpillars.
Honesty - Caterpillar food plant for Orange Tip
Sweet Rocket - Caterpillar food and nectar plant for Orange Tip
With special thanks to David Plews for his contributions to this page.