Monday, July 27, 2009

After the deluge

There are very few butterflies about this year, I think the endless heavy rain must be to blame, although a friend says that clouds of Painted Ladies have crossed the Channel, and that she remembers a host of them arriving here in the 1970s when there was a similar population explosion - so here's hoping.

I helped this friend to do some weeding in the "Big Garden" on Saturday, as we have a reception there on Friday to thank everyone who has helped with the restoration.
After that I'm stepping down, as family commitments are just too much at present.
This is a Peacock butterfly on a purple cone flower, not that expertly filmed, but it was a lovely sight.


Blogger Kay said...

We don't get many varieties of butterflies over here so it is lovely to see a different one - what a beauty. (We have a Butterfly House at our local museum which is providing us with the chance to see exotic varieties.)

12:29 pm  
Blogger Colin Will said...

Red Admirals and Peacocks on our Buddleia at the weekend. A lot of 'blues' and skippers on the coastal path at Coldingham a couple of weeks ago.

10:16 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

That's the second confirmation of the painted lady explosion I've had this week! I've never seen so many as we've had this year, and wondered if they'd crossed the Channel - there were lots of them in Dorset the summer before we left, 1996.

I counted 9 types of butterflies in the garden yesterday, 10 if you include a hummingbird hawk-moth. Purple perennial wallflowers are some of the most attractive things to them.

7:26 pm  

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