The Butterfly Biome also comes complete with a free butterfly identification and life cycle guide and native wildflower seeds to attract butterflies.
In summer use the habitat as a butterfly feeder with the nectar feeding tray folded down so you can put butterfly food such as sweet ripe fruit on the tray. You should see butterflies, hoverflies, bees and wasps drinking from the feeding cups.
In winter the tray can be folded up to make a cosy over-wintering home for many beneficial garden insects such as lacewings, butterflies or ladybirds. The biome comes with nice dry bark inside but you can also add other dry material such as cut straw or leaves to create niches for other over-wintering insects.
Site the butterfly biome in a sunny sheltered position, out of prevailing winds.
Sow your native wildflower seeds in Spring or Autumn nearby to encourage visiting butterflies and beneficial insects.
Feeding is especially effective in early Spring and late Summer when natural nectar is scarce.
Regularly wash the nectar pots and replace the butterfly food to prevent build up of bacteria to which the butterflies may be susceptible.
The butterfly house is made from slow-seasoned timber which is naturally durable so does not require additional treatments.
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