Various varieties, such as the red tailed and buff tailed bumble bee, can easily be spotted in the flower gardens. There’s a bee hive by the south border too, which encourages bees to live and work in Beningbrough’s gardens.
Many types of insects can be found in the Beningbrough gardens, such as seven spotted ladybirds. There’s an insect hotel by the south border, a popular feature with younger visitors. Grass is purposely left long for wildlife around this area as well as in certain other parts of the gardens.
Butterflies in the gardens
In the flower borders, look out for the small tortoiseshell, peacock, comma and red admiral; they love buddleia and verbena . You might also spot a painted lady, a summer migrant in the gardens. A rarer sight is the hummingbird hawk-moth feeding on lavender and honeysuckle; its wings beat so fast you can hear them hum.
Butterflies in long grass
Commonly sighted butterfly varieties in long grass of the American Garden and orchard are the meadow brown, ringlet, and gatekeeper. These species spend the winter as chrysalis or caterpillars in the grass, and hatch into butterflies in late June and July.
This beautiful iridescent beetle is an endangered species, now found only on a 45km stretch along the banks of the Ouse, in the York area and in an area of the Wicken Fen. It lives on the yellow-flowered Tansy plant and you may spot it along the river at Beningbrough in summer.
The banded demoiselle, brown hawker and southern hawker can all be spotted in summer, around the ponds and the river. The wildlife pond in the American garden is a great place to look out for them.
Birds around the Hall and gardens