publication . Article . 2015

Garden varieties: How attractive are recommended garden plants to butterflies?

Kyle Shackleton; Francis L. W. Ratnieks;
Open Access English
  • Published: 27 Nov 2015
  • Publisher: Springer Verlag
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
One way the public can engage in insect conservation is through wildlife gardening, including the growing of insect-friendly flowers as sources of nectar. However, plant varieties differ in the types of insects they attract. To determine which garden plants attracted which butterflies, we counted butterflies nectaring on 11 varieties of summer-flowering garden plants in a rural garden in East Sussex, UK. These plants were all from a list of 100 varieties considered attractive to British butterflies, and included the five varieties specifically listed by the UK charity Butterfly Conservation as best for summer nectar. A total of 2659 flower visits from 14 butterf...
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free text keywords: QH0001, QH0075, QL0463, Ecology, Insect Science, Animal Science and Zoology, Nature and Landscape Conservation, Botany, Entomology, Origanum, biology.organism_classification, biology, Wildlife, Butterfly, Eupatorium, Biodiversity, Animal ecology, Nectar
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publication . Article . 2015

Garden varieties: How attractive are recommended garden plants to butterflies?

Kyle Shackleton; Francis L. W. Ratnieks;