Orange dotted butterfly on white umbellifer flower

Angelica sylvestris with Silver-washed Fritillary

An invaluable tool in the wildlife gardeners’ toolbox, The Database of Insects and their Food Plants details scientifically corroborated interactions between insects and plants

The Database of Insects and their Food Plants (DBIF for short) is a fantastic resource for wildlife gardeners.


It shows the known associations between plants and insects, ie which bugs are eating your plants! Use native plants in your garden where possible, as they provide a food source for insects, which are then eaten by other wildlife.

Rotated screenshot of list of insects that eat the English Oak

At least 274 insects will eat the English Oak

A prolific example of why you should grow native plants is the English or Pendulate Oak (Quercus robur), which not only supports a whole range of insects that eat it, but also provides habitat, food and protection for a range of animals (including us!).

Sign saying 'If something is not eating your plants, then your garden is not part of the ecosystem

Grow ecosystems, not just gardens