Peacock butterfly on buddleja

It’s been a tough year for butterflies.  Cool, wet, windy weather doesn’t suit them at all.  So it was really good to see lots of peacock, small tortoiseshell and red admiral butterflies feeding on the buddleja yesterday.

Today the weather has taken a turn for the worse – again.  Wet and windy, so there’s not a butterfly to be seen.  This summer’s weather must be taking its toll on butterfly populations, many of which are struggling anyway.

I’ve been looking at the Butterfly Conservation website for ideas on how to help our butterflies.  It really is worth a look if you want more information – there’s a whole page of gardening ideas, and lists of what to plant to attract more butterflies.  If the summer carries on like this, the butterflies are going to need all the help they can get.

I only have the British (or Yorkshire) view of how this year is going for butterflies, bees and other pollinators.  How are things looking where you are?