Plants and Insects2023-07-05T10:30:42+01:00

Best Plants for Insects:

Having a diverse range of flowers, herbs, and grasses is ideal for attracting a wide range of insects. 

Wildflowers: native wildflowers are well-adapted to the local climate and provide nectar and pollen for pollinators, such as:

  • Foxglove (Digitails). These are a favourite of bumblebees due to their tube shape. 
  • Red champion (Silene Dioica). These are abundant in nectar and pollen and so are loved by many pollinators. 
  • Meadowsweet (Flipebdula Ulmaria). The Meadow Brown and Ringlet butterflies love this flower. 
  • Common knapweed (Centaurea Nigra). This is highly attractive to many bees and butterflies, such as the Small Skipper and Painted Lady. 
  • Common fleabane (Pulicaria Dysenterica). Hoverflies often visit this plant.  

Herbs: all of these herbs are really loved by bees, specifically Honeybees and Bumblebees, but they are also visited by solitary bees for nectar. 

  • Lavender. 
  • Thyme. 
  • Rosemary. 
  • Sage
  • Mint

Butterfly and bee-friendly plants: these plants are often incredibly rich in pollen and nectar. 

  • Buddleja. Also known as Butterfly bushes, it is evidently loved by many species such as the Peacock, Painted Lady, and Red Admiral butterflies. 
  • Verbena. Again, this plant is loved by many butterfly species, including fritillary butterflies such as the Silver-washed Fritillary. 
  • Echinacea (Echinacea Purpurea). Honeybees, bumblebees, and solitary bees enjoy the nectar from these cone-shaped plants. Also visited by the Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, and Red Admiral butterflies. 
  • Catmint (Nepeta). Especially loved by bees for their tube-shaped flowers, providing lots of nectar. 
  • Marjoram (Origanum Majorana). Again, especially loved by honey and bumblebees. 

Umbelliferous plants: these plants have umbrella-shaped flower clusters that attract many pollinators in particular:

  • Cow parsley (Anthriscus Sylvestris)
  • Wild carrot (Daucus Carota)
  • Angelica (Angelica Archangelica)
  • Fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare)

Native grasses: these are great habitats for many insects and their larvae.

  • Tufted Hairgrass (Deschampsia Cespitosa). Grasshopper species feed on the leaves and stems of many grasses, including Tufted Hairgrass.
  • Yorkshire Fog (Holcus Lanatus). These produce abundant pollen, meaning honeybees and solitary bees love this plant. 
  • Crested Dog’s-Tail (Cynosurus Cristatus). Again, grasshoppers feed on the leaves and stems of this plant.
  • Meadow Foxtail (Alopecurus Pratensis). This grass is attractive to honeybees and solitary bees, visiting the flowering spikes to collect nectar and pollen.