We all know how important pollinators are for our crops and plants, so it's good to give these insects a helping hand in your garden by providing them with a bug house.
Here are some tips on how to attract insects and butterflies to your bug house.
1. Position the bug house in a shaded, damp area that is sheltered from the prevailing wind. Most bugs will prefer this, but if it's bees or butterflies that you would like to attract they prefer a sunnier spot to help them in the cooler days of the season.
2. You will find that solitary bees are attracted to the holes drilled into wood or hollowed out canes as they offer the perfect place to lay their eggs in peace.
3. Your bug house will quickly attract occupants if it is situated close to a popular bug site, a hedge row or a butterfly loving Buddleia plant, for example.
Life Cycle of a Butterfly.
A butterfly will lay eggs onto a leaf. When they hatch, they have a source of food straight away and the larvae will grow into a caterpillar. When the caterpillar matures, it will pupate. A sheltered dry environment will be needed for the pupae or chrysalis to metamorphose into a butterfly or moth. This can take 10 -14 days in the height of the summer.
A butterfly house is the perfect environment for this to process to happen.