While we have been having all our lovely hot sunshine, more and more butterflies have been arriving in the garden. Some I have been able to photograph, some are too skittish and fly away as soon as I get near them. We had Orange Tips and Brimstones earlier in the year and a few weeks ago had Common Blue and Holly Blue, but no photographs unfortunately. I’ll start with our friend from the Channel Islands, the Jersey Tiger Moth.
This is the third year on the run that we have seen the Jersey Tiger Moth here, so I’m thinking it must like it here and maybe is laying its eggs here.
You can see the long proboscis being used, just like having a built in straw to suck the nectar.
The white buddleia is certainly a favourite with the butterflies too, the perfume is so much stronger than all the others.
Today is the first time this year that I have seen this one, I’m hoping it will stay around for a bit, but the remnants of Hurricane Bertha are on the way unfortunately, with strong winds and lashings of rain!
There are lot and lots of Tortoiseshell butterflies.
Verbana bonariensis isn’t visited as much as the white buddleia, this is one of the few times that I’ve seen a butterfly on it.
And lots and lots of Peacock butterflies, once more on the white Buddleia.
We are almost over run with Gatekeeper butterflies, they are everywhere. We have to be careful when crossing the grass as they are down there too. Eupatorium or Joe Pye weed is also favoured by the bees and butterflies, we have a bit where they have self seeded, so they are left for the wildlife to enjoy.
Three Tortoiseshells on a purple buddleia for a change.
In the front, in the bee and butterfly border is a cultivated Eupatorium perpurium atroperpurium, I hope I’ve got it’s name correct! This plant was given to me by a friend as it grew too big for her garden, I’m so glad she passed it on to me as every summer it is absolutely covered with bees and butterflies, I would say that this is the number one plant for them.
Yes, I know, I have some lovely bindweed! As soon as the butterflies flew away, I disentangled the poor buddleia! A Tortoiseshell and Peackock feeding happily together.
A red admiral butterfly, we have lots of very ragged ones, maybe it is a bit early for the new batch yet.
And another Red Admiral to finish. All these have been seen today, so I’m hoping that there is still time to see the Silver Washed Fritillary, the Comma, the Ringlet and the Small Skipper that usually visit us over the summer months. Have your colourful summer visitors arrived with you?