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 my garden | large white butterfly

A large, strong flying butterfly. The brilliant white wings have black tips to the forewings, extending down the wing edge. Females have two spots on the forewings, which is not present in males. The undersides are a creamy white with two spots. Butterfly Conservation

Butterfly facts

Have you ever wondered what butterflies feed on? Or even how they do it? Most butterflies prefer flower nectar, but others may feed on the liquids found in rotting fruit, in ooze from trees. Butterflies prefer to feed in sunny areas protected from wind. Most adult butterflies drink nectar from flowers through a tube-like tongue called a proboscis…

Meadow Brown

The medium-sized meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is one of the commonest grassland butterflies, on the wing in the summer from June to September.  It even flies in dull weather when other butterflies are inactive. Which may explain why I saw this chappie in the garden on Wednesday. July Squares | Perspective

bees and one butterfly

pastime (noun) –  an activity that someone does regularly for enjoyment rather than work; a hobby. I don’t have many pastimes. Mainly gardening and photography take up my time now that I am retired. So flower photography is pretty much a given. What I do like to do at this time of year is try…

Six on Saturday | Flutterbies

Thought I’d finish this month with some of the butterfly photos I have managed to find. Some in my garden, some from Trebah and some from Trelissick gardens, another lovely place on the Fal estuary for a walk at any time of the year. I haven’t been doing a lot in my garden these last…

Six on Saturday | The Nectar Bar

Flowers rich in nectar attract butterflies to the garden. They love sun and a sheltered spot and tubular flowers to get their long feeding tongues into. Here are six butterfly friendly flowers I have growing in my garden. Field Scabious  (Knautia arvensis) is a tall, hairy, grassland perennial with a flower like head of blue-violet…

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image to enlarge) Looking down is this very hairy-faced Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) butterfly. This is one of our most widespread butterflies, occurring throughout the British Isles, but sadly suffering from decline especially in the south. One reason is the increasing presence of a particular parasitic fly, Sturmia bella, due to global warming –…

in my garden | butterflies

“You ask what is the use of butterflies. I reply, to adorn the world and delight the eyes of men: to brighten the countryside like so many golden jewels” 17th Century  naturalist – John Ray (please click on an image for a larger view) To identify small white and large white you will need to…

in my garden | butterflies

(please click on an image to enlarge) The Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta) and once called Red Admirable,  is always attracted to the Hemp Agrimony which grows in my garden. They perch on the top drinking the nectar for hours. Seriously.  I often wonder if it has a soporific effect on them. Unlike the White butterflies,…