in my garden

Not as sharp as I would like, (pesky butterflies refuse to stay still for long enough), but I hope you will agree with me that on enlarging this image it is a fascinating portrait.


Just look at the size of that tongue (proboscis)! Not to mention the eye.


and perching beautifully on my Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum)

(The frothy, pinkish flower clusters appear from July to September and are very attractive to all kinds of insects including butterflies like the Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. Its common name comes from the resemblance of its leaves to Hemp or Cannabis, although it is not related to it. Another common name is “Raspberries and Cream”)


  1. Allotmental says:

    Beautiful photo 🌞

  2. beetleypete says:

    Don’t know about not sharp enough, Jude. It looks perfect to me. Enlarging the head detail, I can see everything perfectly. Great shots indeed. Well done!
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      They seem to love this plant, it is easy to photograph the butterflies as they stay still for ages.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you 🙂

  3. restlessjo says:

    Super image, Jude 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love trying to capture the butterflies!

  4. Sue says:

    Look great to me, Jude!

  5. Marvellous images, Jude! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      They seem to love this flower, stay for ages so it is very easy to get a photo!

  6. Lol, pesky isn’t the word. I find they linger longer on hot days. Probably catching their breath like the rest of us. Gorgeous speciman by the way 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I got a better shot of one later in the week. They love this flower and spend ages feeding on it.

      1. We have a few “basic” butterflies that love certain plants too – particularly heliotrope – and that’s where I have the most success. They’re so busy gorging themselves they don’t notice this big black object poking them in the face 🙂

        1. Heyjude says:

          Heliotrope is lovely.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Whereabouts are you now Carol? Cornwall

      1. We left Cornwall yesterday and are now in Manchester ready to spend the next two weeks with our daughter. The journey from Falmouth to Manchester, about 570 km, would have taken about 6 hours in Australia, but we didn’t count on bumper to bumper traffic on the M5! It took 10 hours door to door.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Ouch! That is the trouble driving in the UK, so much traffic all the time. Whatever you do AVOID the M25! Hope you had a nice time in Falmouth.

  7. That’s a beauty. (Photo and butterfly.)

  8. Beautiful photos – and the detail is magnificent!

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