A couple of weeks ago I posted about the Big Butterfly Count. It goes on for another two days, so if you want to participate, have a look at their website. It is an initiative to learn about what is happening with butterfly populations in the UK. Well worth contributing.
I’ve submitted my count for my 15 minute slot, staring fixedly at the bed in which my two buddleias reside, along with roses, poppies and various other floral beauties. In 15 minutes the Black Knight buddleia won hands-down in both the butterfly and bee popularity stakes, and the scent of the flowers was almost overpowering. Here are some of the photographs that I took.
It was interesting to note that apart from the comma, these showy, large butterflies were completely different from the ones that I saw the other day at the lower end of the footpath that heads to the Dee from Knowl Lane. Those were small, more understated butterflies, enjoying the hedgerows, including gatekeepers, speckled woods, meadow browns and small coppers. Photos of some of them are on my earlier post about that walk, but a lot of them refused to land and be photographed.
Peacock, conspicuously bigger than anything else that turned up
Holly Blue. I had just watered the rose bed, and the Holly Blue
seems to have landed to take a drink.
I was amazed by how big the peacocks were, compared with other visitors. How super to be asked to do something so enjoyable that happens to be useful too. The small whites were the dominant visitors, followed by the peacocks. There was only one holly blue during the 15 minute section, although I see them quite regularly in a given week. There was also only one red admiral. Like the holly blue, they are not infrequent visitors to the garden, but I generally see more of them when out and about. Their caterpillars like nettles, and I have gone to an awful lot of trouble to remove all traces of nettles from the garden.