How do I go about identifying a butterfly I saw in my garden?
A list of all the UK species of butterflies, as well as a list of migrant and extinct species, can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website.
I've got caterpillars in my garden, what species of butterfly will they turn into?
Most caterpillars are young moths as there are a far greater number of moth species than butterflies.
You should contact Butterfly Conservation for assistance or there are books available to help you identify the species of caterpillar.
How can I attract butterflies to my garden?
To attract butterflies to your garden you can plant shrubs that produce flowers with a sugar-rich nectar, as this is the food source of butterflies.
You will need to plant a range of species so as to provide a food source throughout the year and for different species of butterfly.
As butterflies like the warmth it is best to locate your butterfly attracting plants in a sheltered area that is usually a suntrap.
It is also advisable to avoid the use of pesticides as they can kill caterpillars.