Chasing Butterflies

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And to start with, a Red Admiral for Jude. This month at Life in Colour she is looking for all things RED. She also tells me they are rather short on butterflies down in Cornwall. Not so in Shropshire.

Yesterday at the allotment all the plots were brimming with butterflies, mostly cabbage whites looking for any unprotected brassica leaves for a spot of egg laying. They’ve even been coming into the polytunnel, attracted by some overgrown Tuscan Kale seedlings that I failed to plant out in the spring. I’ve also found a comma and a gatekeeper in there.

But the biggest draw is the Buddleja on one of the abandoned plots. No wonder it’s called the butterfly bush. Even so, the butterflies are very wary, so you need to sneak up on them if you want a photo:

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And a gatekeeper on a morning glory leaf in my polytunnel:

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26 thoughts on “Chasing Butterflies

  1. Actually Red Admirals have been seen here along with whites, but no Peacocks and I don’t think I saw any last year either. It has been a poor year for butterflies and bees despite all my pollinator flowers.

      1. I never see blues in my garden, but there are usually loads up on the coastal cliffs. Haven’t been anywhere near the coast this year. Hope that changes come September.

  2. Dear Tish,
    Thanks for sharing your fine butterfly-pictures.
    Dina is just photographing butterflies as well. We go to special places with rare plants where we hope to find rare butterflies.
    All the best
    The Fab Four of Cley
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Hello, Klausbernd. I shall look forward to Dina’s photos. I’m sure you have some very special butterfly places in your part of the world. Also congrats on the 10,000. Very well deserved, you Fab Four of Cley.

      1. Thank you very much, dear Tish πŸ™ πŸ™
        We have at some parts of our coast very chalky ground and therefore special plants there attracting special butterflies. I have to admit, I don’t know much about butterflies – but we have quite a good app and a friend who is a field biologist.
        All the best
        The Fab Four of Cley
        πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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