Did you know that Butterflies and Moths are pollinators too like Bees?
Butterflies are very active during the day and visit a variety of wildflowers, tracking pollen from one flower to another as they go.
Some wildflowers are mutually adapted to specialist pollinators like Butterflies and Moths.
Both Bees and Butterflies drink nectar from plants to help fuel them during flight, Butterflies can probe deeper with their longer tongues (proboscis) when compared to Bees.
Bees are recognised as the most effective insect pollinators, while Butterflies are less efficient when compared to Bees for moving pollen between plants.
Keeping track the number of Bees and Butterflies helps understand the current state of our local environment.
The Big Butterfly Count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping assess the health of our environment. Runs from 14th July to 16th August.
Help save our butterflies by taking part in the Big #ButterflyCount! www.bigbutterflycount.org Naturalist Nick Baker explains how!
Posted by Butterfly Conservation on Saturday, 15 July 2017
Be part of this nationwide survey and help take the pulse of nature. Butterfly declines reveal the poor health of the environment. The Butterfly Count needs your sightings:
You can complete a count in just 15 minutes.
— BC (@savebutterflies) July 14, 2017