10 Best Wildflowers to Grow to Help Insects

10 Best Wildflowers to Grow to Help Insects

Insect Week (19 - 25 June) is run by the Royal Entomological Society to encourage people of all ages to learn more about insects and their conservation.

boy looking for insects

Growing native wildflowers is a fantastic way to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies as well as other garden wildlife populations. We asked our friends at Seedball to put together a list of 10 wildflowers that are great for insects.

Birdsfoot Trefoil

This pretty yellow perennial supports over 130 different insect species. Caterpillars of the Clouded Yellow, Common Blue, rare Wood White butterfly and Burnet moth. A favourite source of nectar of the Common Carder bumblebee.

Common Carder on Birdsfoot Trefoil

Common Carder on Birdsfoot Trefoil

White Campion

The white flowers of this stately wildflower attract night-flying insects at dusk, such as the Elephant Hawkmoth.


Honeybees and hoverflies love to visit these brilliant blue blooms.


The open faces and large pollen laden stamens of poppy attract all sorts of bees, looking for pollen to take back to their babies.

Vipers Bugloss

This is a favorite of bees, from the buff-tailed bumblebee to the common carder.

Oxeye daisy

The yellow centre is made up of hundreds of tiny flowers, which many insects, love. Hoverflies, bees, and flower beetles will stop off for a pollen top up or a sip of nectar.

oxeeye daisy with longhorn beetleOxeye daisy with longhorn beetle

Wild Carrot

The flat lacy umbels of this biennial are often visited by flower beetles and hoverflies as well as bees looking for pollen.

Red Campion

Butterflies and bees love this flower, and the Campion moth caterpillar spend the winter living in the seed capsules.

campion moth caterpillarCampion moth caterpillar inside seed cups of Red campion


The flowers look like mini-snapdragons and the weight of a bumblebee sitting on the lip opens the flower to reveal the nectar. Caterpillars on the Toadflax Brocade moth use the leaves as food.

female toadflax brocade mothThe female Toadflax brocade moth lays her eggs on Toadflax plants as the larval food plant for her caterpillars


The rare Duke of Burgundy butterfly uses Cowslip as a caterpillar food plant. The pretty scented cup shaped flowers attract early solitary bees.

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