There is no stopping the butterflies that keep coming to the garden. As well as the normal visitors that we usually have, we have had a couple of firsts, for this garden anyway. You also have to watch where you are walking, they are on the lawn, on the steps, on the paving, as well as on all the flowers. I think I can safely say that the Peacock has been seen here the most, 20 or 30 a day sometimes is no exaggeration.
Tortoiseshell and a Comma on the pink buddleia in the bee and butterfly border, it’s living up to its name!
This Comma is enjoying all the nectar provided, it was oblivious to me standing only a few inches away.
This is one of our “new” butterflies, if I’m correct, I think it is a Dusky Meadow Brown. The photo isn’t brilliant, but the best I could manage at the time, it then flew away and I haven’t seen it since!
Silver Washed Fritillaries are increasing in number, they are beautiful large butterflies, whereas at one time we only ever saw one at a time, now there can be 4 or 5 jostling for position on the buddleia.
Look who’s back again, the Jersey Tiger Moth. I don’t know if it is the same one that we see each day, but it is here quite a lot now. This one is co-operating and showing us the red/orange of its underwing.
I hadn’t realised that as well as having black and white stripes on its wings, the Jersey Tiger Moth has them on its legs as well!
There are so many Red Admirals here in various stages of their adult life. This one is so pristine, it must have just emerged from its chrysallis.
This one has had a couple of chunks taken out of its wings, but it didn’t seem to make any difference to the way it flies.
Another with the edges missing from its wings……
…..and another beautiful pristine one, resting on a rose bush.
At last, I have managed to photograph a Speckled Wood, they have been so skittish up till now, flying away as soon as I approached.
A Peacock and a Tortoiseshell resting on the top step near the back door. Either they were just sitting, sunbathing, or they were getting minerals from on the step.
A brimstone paid us a visit the other day and seems to be hanging around for a bit. They are lovely butterflies, this is the male, the female is white and often gets confused with the cabbage white. When they land on foliage, they are so well camouflaged, they look just like a leaf.
Another new one for the garden here, a Small Copper, such a pretty butterfly. Hope it comes again.
Two Peacocks and a bumlebee oblivious to everything except drinking as much nectar as possible, the bumblebee was burrowing right into the small flowers.
A beautiful Tortoiseshell butterfly, newly emerged, in all its glory.
This is one of a pair of white buddleias, one either side of a grass path. The perfume is so strong from these bushes, I’m not surprised that the butterflies prefer these to the blue and purple varieties that we have.
The other day, we had a different sort of visitor. We have plenty of wood pigeons, but they are portly and waddle about the garden, this one was much more streamlined. I noticed that it had a ring on its left leg, you can just about make it out on the photo, so assumed that it was a racing pigeon that had gone a bit off course! It decided that the top shelf in the greenhouse was the perfect place to have a rest. It allowed me to get to about 3 ft from it, so was able to leave a dish with some seed beside it. It was still there when we went to bed but by next morning it had gone along with half the seed.
I’m just wondering what my next flying visitors will be!