Provide butterflies with shelter and a safe place to hibernate
Environmentally friendly and beautifully designed our Eco-friendly butterfly house provides vital shelter and protection to butterflies and moths whilst making an attractive addition to your wildlife garden. The butterfly 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.
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 eco-friendly butterfly 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. A butterfly house offers them a secure place in which to hibernate.
Positioning your eco-friendly butterfly 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. 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 butterfly house
4. Clean your butterfly house out once a year 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.
We’re keen to make Le Jardin Perdu as wildlife friendly as possible. This year we’ve added many nectar rich plants and our efforts have been greatly rewarded. Here are a few of our favourite photographs of the butterflies and moths which have visited Le Jardin Perdu.
Create a wildlife garden that will help butterflies and bees
You can buy the Petit Pod eco-friendly butterfly house from our website here. As with all Le Jardin Perdu products, the label attached to the habitat is made from plantable seed paper. Once it has been removed you can plant it in the garden and flowers will grow. A perfect additional gift for you, bees, butterflies and other pollinators to enjoy!
For information about which flowers to include in your garden to attract butterflies, please read our blog: How to create a butterfly friendly garden
We’d love to hear if you have created a wildlife garden, please do leave your comments in the box below.