Butterflies, Bugs, and Bees

Butterflies, Bugs, and Bees

are good for my tiny little garden

Natuur je beste Buur is a voluntary organisation that maintains the wildlife surrounding the sports fields and has created a bee and butterfly habitat (Idylle).

 

In February 2015 I was lucky enough to be invited to attend a talk about butterflies in The Netherlands.

It was hosted by the vlinderstichting (the butterfly association of Netherlands).

We were shown how to best attract butterflies to your garden, how to help them survive, and how to help them thrive.

 

We also attended a 2 part session in April/May 2016 about recognising wild bees. You'll be amazed to know that even in a tiny country like the Netherlands there are 357 types of wild bees.

 

 

The honey bee is in direct competition with the wild bees so it is important to ensure that we plant a lot of flowers so there is enough food for all of them.

Summer 2015 Open Bee day

In the summer of 2015 we visited a beekeeper in Westzaan (imkerij van Randen) during their open day. My dad keeps bees so I found this very interesting.

The honey can be purchased on the puremarkt

 

Below are some pictures:

Awesome Butterfly facts

 

Butterflies taste with their feet as their taste sensors are located there. They can taste it by just standing on their food.

They don't have mouths that allow them to bite or chew, instead they have a long straw-like structure called a proboscis which they use to drink nectar and juices. But the proboscis doesn't have any taste sensors. A butterfly's taste sensors are located on the bottom of its feet. When not in use, the proboscis remains like a garden hose. By standing on a leaf, the butterfly can taste it to see if it the leaf they sit on is good to lay eggs on to be their caterpillars’ food or not.

 

In The Netherlands many butterflies lay eggs on the stinging nettles as they are high in protein and help the caterpillars grow fast.

 

(Thank you Karla for allowing me to use your photo below)

Amsterdam bee map is available here