First siting this year of my favourite butterfly, a small copper, flying today on Horsham Marshes, Kent.
So many butterflies at Queendown Warren in Kent on a warm Bank Holiday Monday, they spun before my eyes as I fell asleep.
A short hop from the local shopping centre is the fabulous Kent Wildlife Trust site of Darland Banks. A great place for orchids and butterflies, including the Adonis blue. I gave up trying to get a photo of one but did manage to snap these other beauties.
Despite its lack of blue, this has got to be a female common blue, still a little out of place in my urban garden.
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?