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gardern creatures

Learn about garden creatures

Have you ever wondered about the fascinating creatures that live in your garden? Our gardens are home to thousands of different species of insect.
Let’s take a closer look at just a few that you might find in your garden this summer 

monarch butterflies


Fluttering gracefully from flower to flower, butterflies are a very important pollinator 

  • Most butterflies don’t have very long lifespans. The Priam’s birdwing butterfly only lives for 10 days 
  • Butterflies use their proboscis (a long, straw-like tube) to drink nectar from flowers 
  • They have four wings, not two 
  • Did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? 
  • Butterflies can see ultraviolet light, which helps them find nectar in flowers 


These charming little beetles are more than just pretty spots 

  • We think of ladybirds as being red, but they can also be yellow, orange, and even black 
  • Ladybirds eat aphids, which are small insects that ruin crops and plants 
  • One ladybug can eat up to 5,000 insects in its lifetime 
  • Ladybirds release a yellow fluid from their legs when threatened 
  • They hibernate in large groups during the winter


Slow and steady, snails glide across our garden path and leave a shiny trail behind them

  • A snail’s mucus helps them to move and also glues them onto surfaces, like the underside of leaves 
  • Snails come out when it rains because their bodies need moisture, otherwise they will dry out 
  • There are snails that live in rivers and lakes and have gills 
  • Garden snails are herbivores and feed on a variety of plants, fruits, and vegetables 
  • A snail’s shell is attached to their body and they can’t live without it 


Beneath the surface, worms work hard to improve the soil and create healthy garden ecosystems

  • An earthworm has no arms, legs, ears, or eyes 
  • While they don’t have ears, they can still ‘hear’ through vibrations 
  • In one acre of land, there can be more than one million earthworms 
  • They’re a tasty snack for lots of animals including hedgehogs, foxes, and birds 
  • Earthworms can live for up to 8 years, if they’re not eaten by other animals