Even when in the house, my eye is caught by the butterflies fluttering by, that is enough to send me into the garden with my camera. The weather recently has beem sunny and warm, with not much wind, it has made a nice change from all our rain during August, ideal weather now for butterflies to visit the garden.
Red Admiral on white Buddleia. This is one of our most frequent visitors.
A Silver Washed Fritillary, again on the white buddleia. This is a large butterfly and I think we are very lucky to have this in the garden.
A Peacock on the buddleia near the pergola in the side garden. Another frequent visitor.
A very smart looking Red Admiral just having a rest on a Euonymous bush.
Tortoiseshell butterfly and a Peacock on a buddleia by the front drive.
Comma butterfly on the pink buddleia by the drive. It gets its name from the comma shaped mark under its wings.
A Painted Lady butterfly in the front garden. I haven’t seen one for a few years now so was really pleased to spot this one.
Another view of it.
Another Red Admiral.
A better view of a Tortoiseshell.
A Speckled Wood butterfly having a rest on the back lawn. The males circle over and over each other fighting for their patch of sunlight in the woodland.
To finish I will show you not a butterfly, but a moth, the daytime flying Jersey Tiger Moth to be precise. We have seen one in the garden for about the last 5 or 6 years, I hope they will now be a permanent fixture. It was enjoying feeding on my huge Eupatorium hybrid by the driveway, the flower heads are enormous this year, probably due to so much rain over the last few weeks. When the wings are open , it shows a flash of bright red, maybe to warn off predators.
These are a few of the visitors that have been visiting me over the past few days, they are all very welcome. As they flutter by, they add more colour to the garden and they obviously know that there is plenty of food here for them, we keep a well stocked nectar bar!