Wildlife houses are a great way to attract birds, butterflies, bees, ladybirds and all beneficial insects into your garden. It is not only important for you to provide them with sources of food and water, but also somewhere safe to shelter and nest. Les Petits Pods are an eco-friendly range of habitats that will encourage wildlife to make their home in your garden, and help boost their population.
Environmentally friendly and beautifully designed my Petit Pod butterfly and moth house provides vital shelter and protection to butterflies and moths whilst making an attractive addition to your wildlife garden. The butterfly and moth house is made from FSC certified timber with a natural bamboo woven outer, it is chemical free so no harm can come to visiting wildlife.
It’s important to provide butterflies and moths with shelter and a safe place to hibernate
During bad weather, butterflies and moths seek cover. Folding up their wings, they crawl into crevices to hide from rain and strong winds. With the Petit Pod butterfly and moth house, they are able to crawl through the slits and shelter inside. The house equally provides protection during the night when butterflies and day-flying moths are at rest.
Although most butterflies and moths overwinter in their larval form, some butterflies such as Small Tortoiseshell, Brimstone, Comma and Peacock along with moths such as Herald, Twenty-plume and Red-green Carpet spend winter in their adult form and the butterfly and moth house offers them a secure place in which to hibernate.
Positioning your butterfly and moth house
Positioning and looking after your butterfly and moth habitat is simple, just follow these 4 easy steps, and you should have visitors in no time!
1. Open the back of the house by unscrewing the 2 small screws and place pieces of bark and twigs inside to provide perching areas for the butterflies and moths.
2. Hang the butterfly house in a slightly shaded spot using the attached natural rope, a few feet from the ground. Make sure that it is in a sheltered position away from prevailing winds and ideally where it will catch the morning sun. Avoid direct afternoon sun as you don’t want the house to become too hot inside.
3. Situate the house close to larval host plants such as nettles or near to nectar rich plants for emerging butterflies to feed from. This will help to attract butterflies and moths to shelter in your Petit Pod.
4. Clean the Petit Pod out once a year by unscrewing the back panel to keep it free from disease.
Butterflies and moths are important to our ecosystem
Butterflies and moths play an important role in our ecosystem, they help to pollinate flowers and vegetables, whilst their caterpillars provide an important source of food for other wildlife such as birds and bats.
I’m keen to make my garden as wildlife friendly as possible. This year, for butterflies and moths, I have added many nectar rich plants and my efforts have been greatly rewarded; I know that they are going to love their new Petit Pod house too, as no doubt will many other insects and pollinators!
Here are a few of my favourite photographs of the butterflies and moths which have visited my garden this year.
Create a wildlife garden that will help butterflies and bees
You can buy the Petit Pod butterfly and bee house from my website here. As with all my products, the label attached to the habitat is made from plantable wildflower seed paper. Once it has been removed you can plant it in the garden and wildflowers will grow, perfect for you, bees, butterflies and other pollinators to enjoy. If you’d like to buy the Petit Pod butterfly and moth house as a gift, I also offer a gift wrap service, and will include your special message printed on a plantable tag.
Here are links to the earlier blogs I have written about gardening for wildlife, I hope that you will find them helpful when creating your wildlife garden.
I’d love to hear if you have created a wildlife garden, and to receive any comments on my new wildlife products, so please do leave your comments in the box below.