Plant flowers for bees and pollinators Many of our prettiest insects feed on nectar, so need flowering plants for their survival. Butterflies, moths, bees and hoverflies all need sources of nectar and pollen to thrive. As they travel from flower to flower, they also pollinate them, enabling them to set seed or bear fruit. So, setting up a nectar café benefits both your plants and you, allowing you to enjoy the flitting and fluttering of beautiful butterflies. Setting up a nectar café not only benefits your garden, but allows you to enjoy the fluttering of beautiful butterflies too Setting up your nectar café: Choose a sheltered sunny spot Place each plant in groups or drifts so that the colour and scent are easy to detect Prolong the flowering season – select plants so that you have a show of flowers from early spring to late autumn choose flowers with a simple (often flat) structure, like old cottage varieties, as they are the easiest for insects to feed from Remember to provide a night-time feast for moths. Plant some night-scented flowers. Add herbs to the mix as they are highly attractive to insects, or design a dedicated herb garden Nectar plant suggestions: Early season Mid season Late season Aubretia spp Buddleia - Buddleja davidii Coneflower - Echinacea spp. English bluebell - Hyacinthoides non-scripta Heather - Erica cinerea French marigold - Tagetes patula Currant - Ribes spp. Lady’s bedstraw - Galium verum Golden rod - Solidago spp. Grape hyacinth - Muscari armeniacum Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia Honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum Lungwort - Pulmonaria officinalis Common mallow - Malva sylvestri Ice plant - Sedum spectabile Primrose - Primula vulgaris Purple toadflax - Linaria purpurea Ivy - Hedera helix Sweet violet - Viola odorata Rock cress - Arabis spp. Meadow saffron - Colchicum autumnale Winter aconite - Eranthis hyemalis Sea holly - Eryngium maritimum Michaelmas daisy - Aster pyrenaeus Wood anemone - Anemone nemorosa Verbena - Verbena bonariensis Common sunflower - Helianthus annuus Alyssum - Alyssummontanum Wallflower - Erysimum cheiri Red valerian - Centranthus ruber You could also make your own butterfly feeder: More about taking #ActionForInsects can be found here.