As well as the comma, ringlet and small white shown here, we have also recently seen fritillaries, gatekeepers,small tortoiseshells and red admirals. I expect to see plenty more yet, nothing startlingly rare, but still a nice range. And today I removed a female emperor dragonfly from the growers pen. No mistaking it with the bright green head and massive size – nearly 8cm long – I didn’t photograph it as it was trying to kill itself beating pathetically against the roof netting, all the while young cockerels whose job it is is to fatten up eyeing this tasty snack. The wings were surprisingly hard to the touch – I know as I had to help it out – the open door being way too tricky… How it got in, or why, I cannot imagine.
Not surprising we have plenty of small tortoiseshell, red admiral and comma butterflies as all depend on nettles to eat as caterpillars,
I believe these are small tortoishell, you have to wonder at them strolling casually through the poisonous barbs of nettle, nevermind eating it too.
If you like this sort of thing, take at look at Mandy’s page, she has some fabulous pictures, particularly of swallowtails at every stage.
I like taking time out to photograph the butterflies, and we have take great care (ok neglect) let a hedge become overgrown with bramble – popular with swarms of butterflies, bees and other critters – and it is a win win, as I get to enjoy the butterflies whilst they pollinate the bramble, then I get to enjoy the blackberries.