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Red Admiral

Glum in the garden

If you had the feeling that there weren’t many butterflies on the wing last summer then the results of one of Butterfly Conservation’s major surveys will bear out your suspicions.

Comma underwing

Look Out For: Comma Butterflies

At last, butterflies are starting to emerge in numbers after the winter and, on a fine April day, you stand a good chance of spotting a Comma butterfly.

On set with Winterwatch

Performing Peacocks

The depths of winter are typically a quiet time for butterflies and moths but this doesn’t mean there’s nothing of interest going on in the world of Lepidoptera.

Small Tortoiseshell on Heather

Dig it – November's tips from the Secret Gardener

Heather is an attractive, evergreen shrub that can bring colour to your garden all year-round. It's also a useful nectar source for butterflies and moths and the foodplant of several caterpillars.

December moth

Look out for: moths in November

Butterflies are tucked away for winter or have emigrated to warmer climes, but for some moths the year is just getting started.

Small Tort (Andrew Lawson)

Autumn Butterflies

Summer is behind us but the butterfly season isn't over yet. Discover how to watch, record and enjoy butterflies into autumn.

Elephant Hawk

Get The Hots For Hawk-moths

This year’s Moth Night, the UK’s annual celebration of moths and moth recording, stars some of the largest, fastest and most colourful insects, the hawk-moths.

Plant a pot

The power of the plant pot

Butterfly Conservation Ambassador and gardening writer Kate Bradbury explains why and how to plant a pot for pollinators.

Rockery

Dig It – April Tips from the Secret Gardener

You might not associate a garden rockery with butterflies and moths but actually the hot and dry microhabitat, with well-drained soil, can offer conditions suitable for some great nectar plants.