Dinner for two?
I like to leave some apples under the tree for nature to enjoy. Blackbirds and thrushes enjoy a rotting apple, and so does my dog! But yesterday in the autumn sunshine it was the butterflies that were making the most of it. And hundreds of Green Bottle flies too.
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It’s the wind what done it!
Hummingbird Hawkmoths migrate to the UK every year from southern Europe and north Africa. If you’ve ever seen one you’ll know why they get their name. In fact, so closely do they resemble a Hummingbird the RSPB gets phone calls every summer from bewildered gardeners reporting actual sitings of Hummingbirds!
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I’ve waited 40 years to see one of these…
Today was a very special day for me. Because today I saw a Purple Emperor for the very first time. Which is pretty special, because I’ve been looking for one of these elusive butterflies since I was about ten years old. As a small boy browsing through my Observer’s Book of British Butterflies, the Purple Emperor and the Camberwell Beauty were the butterflies that dreams were made of. And today – after many years of looking – my dream finally came true!
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Painted Lady Butterfly
This lovely lady has been in our garden most of the day. Which is pretty incredible when you consider how far she’s travelled!
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Underwing of a Red Admiral
Most often known for its striking red, black and white colour, the underside of teh Red Admiral butterfly is equally beautiful.
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An Oak Beauty moth in March
And what a beauty?! This lovely moth was banging and crashing into our kitchen window last night, yet it’s still very early in the year. It’s March, and it feels far too cold for butterflies and moths.
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Summer Butterflies on The South Downs in West Sussex
I’ve read a lot about the decline in the UK butterfly population but today was perfect butterfly weather and we weren’t disappointed with what we saw.
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It’s nearly the middle of October and Summer is still lingering.
The weather is mild, there are flowers in the hedgerows and we’ve still got dozens of House Martins flying overhead. And this afternoon, a Red Admiral and a Comma danced around the garden… Haven’t they heard? Summer’s over…