It has not been a good season for butterflies here in our Suffolk garden, though we had a few Brown Argus earlier on and even a Green Hairstreak. However, Red Admirals seem to have flourished in recent days and even the white Buddleia has been awash with their colourful wings.
We have been thrilled to see a few Painted Ladies, like the one in the picture above that landed on one of the old insect houses. This house has been taken over by ants; you can see their earthworks in the holes. Last summer this same insect house was the domain of Leafcutter bees, who were a joy to watch as they came in and out with their rolled-leaf parcels.
|Meadow Brown, numbers down on 2020|
|A rather travel-worn Red Admiral|
|Peacock, one of the few|
|Red Admiral, one of the |
|Small White (we have had Large Whites, too)|
|Small Tortoiseshell, a slightly better 'garden season' for these |
We also had a single male Brimstone a few days ago followed by a Speckled Wood, but they didn't stay around long enough for a photograph.