This morning I noticed a butterfly on our blackberries (brambles). Having only seen cabbage whites in recent years I was pleased and intrigued to come across this pretty brown butterfly, so I called my daughter out to have a look, too.
Then when we were out this afternoon, by coincidence we saw another butterfly, exactly the same, on some brambles. My daughter immediately remarked that this variety of butterfly must be particularly partial to this plant. And indeed, the results of an internet search suggest she is right. It is probably a Gatekeeper/Hedge Brown butterfly (no image unfortunately), although these don’t normally come quite as far north, so the 25-30°C we are experiencing at the moment must be bringing them up.
As if this wasn’t exciting enough, we saw a third butterfly laying in the grass. This it would appear is a Peacock butterfly and it is beautiful, isn’t it?
© Helen Butt, July 2014