There are so many different species of butterfly! From the Yellow butterfly, to Skippers and Brush-footed butterflies. To raise awareness of butterflies and how important they are as pollinators, The Butterfly Association wants you to get involved!
Something as small as learning the word 'butterfly' in different languages or something bigger - plan a themed activity! - every little helps.
The media are also great for advertising awareness days like this. Contact your local newspaper or radio show and ask them to put something in to help support our fabulous butterflies.
Gardening! Plant butterfly bushes in your garden - and watch it attract all the stunning varieties of butterflies come the summer! There's nothing more wonderful than seeing the butterflies which are attracted to the flowers soaking up the sunshine!
So, why don't you try to plant flowers and shrubs that are nectar rich that our butterflies love to visit? We've already mentioned the butterfly bush, Buddleia, but what about some Lavender or Marjoram? They also love French Marigolds and Michaelmas Daisies. Encourage as many of these lovely delicate creatures into your garden as possible!
The Association For Butterflies (AFB) is a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to the welfare of butterflies through conservation, research, education, and support to professional butterfly farmers.
To raise public awareness about the benefits and necessity of butterfly conservation, the AFB declares the first Saturday of June as Butterfly Education and Awareness Day (BEAD). They believe that with the creation of an international day to celebrate butterflies they will promote the importance and joy of butterfly gardening and habitat creation/restoration.
Aesthetically pleasing, important pollinators, and excellent teachers of metamorphosis, the butterfly can be celebrated through a variety of activities.
For more information or to find how you can help visit the official website at: http://www.forbutterflies.org/.
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