National Insect Week

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It is almost the end of National Insect Week (20th – 26th June) which celebrates entomology and the role that insects play in conservation and natural history.

As a Hampshire garden attraction on the banks of the River Test, Houghton Lodge Gardens is a hive for the little creatures that are vital to everyday life.

Whilst insects and bugs are not always a gardeners friend, they play a wider part in the conservation of the area.

Within the Walled Garden flowers have been planted to encourage butterflies, bees, damselflies and many others from the insect world. From the wildflower meadow to apple orchard, roses and perennials the garden provides the perfect habitat for insects such as the Red Admiral Butterfly, Bumble bees, honey bees and dragonflies.

Often seen in the grasses along the river, the stunning ‘Beautiful Demoiselle’’ is a unique damselfly that is at home in fast flowing waters such as streams and rivers. It is known as the black butterfly as the male specifies have dark blue-black wings. Head down to the river and see how many you can spot!

If you’re visiting the garden this weekend, be sure to share your photos of insects you find : Share on Twitter @HoughtonLodge or Instagram houghton_lodge_gardens and use #NIW2016

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