With the weather getting warmer and the sun shining more often, June is the perfect time to get outdoors and do some butterfly spotting with the kids.
Not only is it educational, but it also gets the children outdoors and away from those pesky devices!
Here’s some of the most common butterflies found in the UK that could be found fluttering about your garden or local parks. So why not grab the kids, some binoculars and get outside this weekend – weather permitting.
The most popular of the butterflies in the UK, the small tortoiseshell butterfly is probably the easiest one to find in any garden. They’re usually found feeding on Buddelia or hanging round stinging nettles – so be extra careful with little legs when searching for these butterflies!
This butterfly is another one that’s often found in British gardens. The striking colour and the eyed pattern on the upside of the butterfly is used to scare of predators. However, their underside is different altogether, which is black in colour to provide camouflage when sitting on tree barks.
These butterflies are the bane of any vegetable gardener as they love to feed on cabbages. There are two different sizes of this butterfly; the large white and small white. These butterflies can fly some great distances with some flying around 100 miles in their lifetime!
The Red Admiral
The red admiral is often found around the UK, but did you know some of them aren’t actually a native to this country? The red admiral are very strong flyers and are known to migrate from continental Europe!
These striking blue butterflies are usually found in grassy habitats and are mainly found in the South of England. The male common blues have violet-blue upper wings, whereas the females are predominantly brown.
We hope you have a great time spotting these beautiful butterflies! We would love to see your butterfly pictures – why not send them to us via our Facebook page!