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5 UK Butterflies to introduce to Children

Published on July 11th 2018
Now that summer is officially here and the summer holidays are about to begin, we parents are all looking for ideas on how to keep the kids outdoors and entertained.
Why not try and see how many butterflies you and your little ones can spot? You can also see if they can identify the different species. Below is a list of the 5 most common UK butterflies and how to tell them apart!
The Brimstone Butterfly is often mistaken for the cabbage white however, they are large, pale yellow butterflies with wings that look very much like leaves. They are most commonly spotted during spring but can be seen throughout summer and usually travel as a pair.
Speckled Wood
These are often spotted near woodland areas and hedgerows, gardens and parks. They like slightly damp areas where there are tall grasses and some slight shade.
This butterfly is pretty common and can be found throughout the UK. They favour feeding on nettles, meaning you are more likely to spot them in woodland areas however they are strong flyers and can travel long distances so can be spotted anywhere on their long journeys.
Holly Blue
Holly Blues are commonly spotted near public parks, hedgerows and woodlands where ivy and holly might be growing. They can also be spotted in old churchyards. Their wings are a beautiful bright blue and the females have black edges around the wings.
The Peacock butterfly is easily identified by its spectacular wing pattern of eyespots and is one of the most commonly recognised butterflies in the UK. The undersides of their wings look like dead leaves which helps to disguise them from predators. They love to feed off buddleias in summer and can also be spotted in and around woodlands.
Don't forget to upload any images you capture of butterflies in your gardens and let us know what activities you and your children have been up to tagging #YoungGrowers
You can find out more about identifying butterflies through the Big Butterfly Count

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