Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Colourful Butterflies

Peacock Butterfly - 26th August 2013

There do seem to be more butterflies fluttering about the garden this summer. I wonder if it has anything to do with the government's policy of not cutting certain roadway verges as often as in previous years. Most of us will have seen the small roadside signs with the prohibitory words, "Do not Cut."


Allowing a good bed of nettles to develop seems to be one of the best things that one can do to facilitate the life cycle of the butterfly, with many species laying their eggs on this particular plant. A good excuse to adopt a relaxed attitude to gardening or at least to allow a wild corner to develop!

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly - 26th August 2013


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