Butterflies are among our prettiest garden visitors, but they're dwindling in numbers: according to a Butterfly Conservation report published in 2015, The State of Britain's Butterflies, three-quarters of UK butterflies have shown a 10-year decrease in either their distribution or population levels.
Discover five garden butterflies.
You can you do your bit for butterflies by making them welcome in your garden. Adults feed on nectar, and are especially fond of plants with long, tubular flowers – so the more of these you can grow, the better.
Discover 10 plants that butterflies will love, below.
Tough and dependable, Eupatorium cannabinum are statuesque plants that enjoy growing in damp areas including riverbanks and wet grasslands or woodlands. The icy-pink flowers will attract red admirals and commas, among others.