Friday, 10 January 2014

Butterflies in your house this winter?

Richard Fox from Butterfly Conservation offers his guide to giving butterflies a sucessful and safe transition to spring.

It is only the small tortoiseshell and peacock butterfly that regularly overwinter inside houses. They come in during late summer or early autumn, when it is still warm outside and our houses appear to provide suitably cool, sheltered, dry conditions. However, come Christmas, when the central heating is cranked up, these butterflies may be awoken prematurely by high indoor temperatures. This presents a major problem for the butterfly as the outside weather conditions may be very hostile and there is little nectar available in gardens.

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