One thing almost guaranteed after a heavy downpour/storm is good clear lighting conditions. This week’s heavy showers have often been followed by sunshine and bright light. I took advantage of this to watch the butterflies on the Buddleia. The quickly growing Buddleia in both front and back gardens, if not entirely giving ‘nature a home’, does encourages visits from a wide variety of insects. This week alone I’ve noted the following butterfly species often in numbers on the Buddleia, or at least passing through the garden……….Small White, Large White, Green Veined White, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Red Admiral, Comma, Speckled Wood and Holly Blue.
After one downpour I took the chance to photograph one of the pristine Peacock Butterflies. I remember that Rob de Jong, expert lepidopterist who we stayed with in Hungary said that his favourite butterfly was the Peacock, and it is easy to see why this should be the case.
Whilst not my best side, my reflection can be seen quite clearly in the rain droplets
A spider begins work on a new web.
And the pace soon quickened.
Happily the Blackcaps that nested in or very near to the garden his year, appear to have survived and now moved on. Blackcap song and garden visits have been quite regular this spring and summer.
Seeing eye to eye.