butterflies on a weekend

Weekend Butterflies

There have been a few butterflies floating around the garden this weekend.

Nothing rare, but any butterfly is exciting all the same.

First up was this Comma. I picked up a Butterfly Spotter leaflet from RHS Hyde Hall a couple of weeks back, and according to this ‘…the jagged outline of its wings makes it look like a leaf when resting and helps keep predators away.’

weekend butterflies

By mid-afternoon yesterday, a Small Tortoiseshell had made an appearance. The leaflet says that this butterfly has suffered a decline in recent years, so it was nice to see a pair chasing each other about the garden at one point.

butterflies on a weekend

I’ve seen a stunning Red Admiral yesterday and today. This butterfly seemed to enjoy my pear tree and spent some time flitting from branch to branch.

my weekend with butterflies

I also spotted loads of Cabbage Whites circling around next door’s brassicas!

I haven’t seen a Peacock yet, which is my favourite butterfly. I loved following butterflies and moths around the garden as a child, probably because my dad used to trap them when he was young and gave me all his books to look at. One of my most treasured holiday memories is seeing Swallowtail butterflies on the Norfolk Broads with dad.

He also made a moth trap, which we’d leave out overnight and check the next morning. I can’t begin to explain the excitement as I jumped out of bed to check the trap.

I remember getting ten Tiger Moths in one night, which sent me off to school with a big smile on my face. Good times. 🙂

P.S. If you want to see some really good butterfly photos, rather than a few dodgy cameraphone ones, check out Alan’s It’s Not Work, It’s Gardening! blog.

3 thoughts on “Weekend Butterflies”

  1. Jono — thanks for the compliment!

    I think it’s important to pay attention to the insects in the garden, so I document them as often as I can. Not only are they fascinating and beautiful, but they can tell us so much. Few cabbage whites but much damage to the brassicas? Probably means that you don’t have enough caterpillar-eating birds and predatory wasps around, and you can do something to help attract them.

    Plus photos of plants every day is boring — nothing breaks that up like a good insect photo. 🙂

  2. Again this year there has been a distinct lack of butterflies in my garden. I keep planting flowers that should attract them but I suspect it is the lack of flowers in the surrounding gardens that is the problem

    Enjoy your book

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