butterfly art

Butterflies in my garden this year have been few and far between and mainly Large or Small Whites. Recently I spotted a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell, but not a single Painted Lady nor any Small Coppers. It’s been a relatively warm summer here in Cornwall, with none of the excessive heat found elsewhere in the country so I have no idea why the scarcity of these pretty “flutterbies”.

I was therefore more than happy to see several feasting on the wild buddleia plants growing in the lanes nearby whilst on a walk at the weekend.

(1) The Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is among the most well-known butterflies in Britain and Ireland. The striking and attractive patterning and its appearance at almost any time of the year in urban areas have made it a familiar species. It is one of the first butterflies to be seen in spring and in the autumn it often visits garden flowers in large numbers.

(2) The Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) is a long-distance migrant, which causes the most spectacular butterfly migrations observed in Britain and Ireland. In some years it is an abundant butterfly, frequenting gardens and other flowery places in late summer.

(3) The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) is aΒ large and strong-flying butterfly and common in gardens. This familiar and distinctive insect may be found anywhere in Britain and Ireland and in all habitat types. They continue flying into October or November and are typically seen nectaring on garden buddleias or flowering Ivy and on rotting fruit.

(Due to the poor quality of these photos I have used a textured filter on those in the gallery and a mosaic filter on the header)

Butterfly Conservation


  1. I love the mosaic look! The bright colours work well.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, a lovely effect for bringing out the colours.

  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    Flutterbies always make me smile πŸ™‚

  3. Jo Shafer says:

    What a marvelous effect from using mosaic and textured filters! I had assumed you shot through a window screen, or a piece of sheer fabric, easy enough to attach to a camera lens.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No it was with my phone, which usually takes good images, but I think I was too close on this occasion and it was windy so too much blur. Using some sheer material is an interesting concept.

  4. restlessjo says:

    Fairly low key here on the butterfly front too now, Jude. Mostly cabbage whites. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Do you get a lot of butterflies in the Algarve?

      1. restlessjo says:

        Loads! But don’t ask me to name them. A favourite is yellow with green spots. A fair few browns too, which I think are probably moths. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          Aw, go on, name them πŸ€”

  5. Ann Mackay says:

    Most of the butterflies seem to be gone here, just the occasional Red Admiral…and there are always lots of Large Whites.

  6. At the start of the year we had a major butterfly event. There were so many everywhere, which was so joyful. Some we’d never seen before. I hope you get some more before winter arrives.

  7. Beautiful shots, Jude. So vibrant. 😍

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Sylvia.

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