Butterfly sex

By nottsexminer (Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly  Uploaded by Fæ)

By nottsexminer (Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly Uploaded by Fæ)

Hurrah, I have finally managed 10 different species of butterfly in my garden, the last being a small tortoiseshell which floated past my buddleia before rejecting it out of hand and hurrying over the fence to next door. Still, no matter, it counts.

Also had some rampant butterfly sex taking place among the ornamental grasses between an aging and very ragged large white and her sprightly lover who performed a little flittering, pirouette dance before her while she graciously lifted her abdomen. He soon scarpered but she hung around for a while, thinking the whole thing over, no doubt.

The list of butterflies now reads thus;

large white, green veined white, holly blue, meadow brown, gatekeeper, painted lady, peacock, Essex skipper, comma, small tortoiseshell

What has been flying through your garden lately?

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One thought on “Butterfly sex

  1. Deep Purple…..
    Great where music’s concerned….- and great for butterflies too…
    Buddleia Davidii with cone shaped dark purple clusters of pure, fragrant nectar, peacocks and small tortoiseshells and others find irresistible. And even a Knapweed of similar hue attracted a swallowtail earlier this month at Bishopstone Glen (4/8/13).
    My garden lavender blue buddleia, with its tally this year of 3 species, clearly needs a facelift ie colour change….

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