Butterflies at Brockhampton

A Peacock butterfly resting on a plant

Throughout the warmer months the estate is alive with blooming flowers and greenery which attracts many different varieties of moths and butterflies.

There are many different varieties of butterflies and moths at Brockhampton; with fields and orchards full of untouched wild flowers and long grass, it supplies the ideal habitat. Both species are important pollinators of wild flowers and trees as well as their caterpillars being a vital food source for birds. Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish whether you are indeed looking at a moth or a butterfly. As a rule, butterflies tend to be more colourful than moths and whilst perched on a flower, hold their wings together; moths spread their wings apart, there are a few exceptions though.

A female Holly Blue butterfly
A Holly Blue butterfly on a leaf
A female Holly Blue butterfly

Common varieties of butterfly that can be spotted in the warmer months at Brockhampton are; Small and Large White, Painted Lady, Holly Blue and the beautiful Peacock. Moth varieties include; Silver Y Moth, Garden Tiger Moth and Magpie Moth. If you’re really luck you may even spot a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, these beautiful moths look just like hummingbirds whilst they sup from plants.

A beautiful Hummingbird Hawk moth
A Hummingbird Hawk Moth sipping nectar
A beautiful Hummingbird Hawk moth

In the UK we have an incredible estimated 2,500 species of moths and there are around seventy varieties of butterfly. Over the past century we have seen a big decline in butterfly and moth numbers due to natural habitats being lost. We aim to leave as much of the estate as wild as possible at Brockhampton, during the summer we will cut pathways through the orchards and leave the grass long, to encourage moths and butterflies; helping them thrive.