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Beetles, Butterflies And Moths Are Under Threat – Here’s How You Can Help Save Them

Three quarters of the UK’s butterfly species and two thirds of the UK’s common and widespread moths have declined in the last 40 years, according to the charity Butterfly Conservation.

“There are steps we can all take to try and halt these alarming declines,” Liam Creedon, from the charity, says. “The UK’s 24 million gardens can act as important refuges for butterflies, moths and other pollinating insects. If you have space, leaving a patch of your garden to grow wild [by letting things like grass, weeds and flowers grow freely] will provide butterflies and moths with places to shelter and lay eggs.”

Creedon recommends ditching insecticides and pesticides and planting lavender, oregano and mint plants, which are a good source of nectar for insects. Planting spring, summer and autumn flowers will also give butterflies and moths a year-round energy supply – choose a sunny spot though, as they like the warmth. 

How To Help Beetles

One major problem facing stag beetles is a lack of rotting wood to lay their eggs near and for their young larvae to feed on, according to the People’s Trust For Endangered Species. If you have access to outdoor space, you can help by setting up a pile of logs. Part digging the logs into an area of soil will help keep it damp and help it rot, conservation officer Laura Bower tells HuffPost UK. 

Keeping your garden “wild and untidy if you can” can also help create a diverse habitat for stag beetles and other species, too. 

Article source: https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/beetles-butterflies-and-moths-are-under-threat-and-you-can-help-save-them_uk_5c614059e4b0f9e1b17f3e95

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