Sunday, 23 August 2009

Butterflies and Buddleia (1)

It was warm and sunny in Redesdale on Saturday. I had intended to go out for the day to look for butterflies but they were visiting me in such large numbers that I couldn't resist the temptation and ventured no further than the garden.

Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and both Large and Small White butterflies were all in attendance and feeding on the buddleia bushes. The Red Admirals were not as frequent but I was delighted to photograph them for the first time.

Painted Ladies and Red Admiral feature here, with the Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell in the next of this two-part piece.

Both together on one flower

Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

Red Admiral underside

Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)

Painted Lady underside

5 comments:

Wilma said...

Seems you had a lovely day in your own garden. Love the photos.

holdingmoments said...

Beautiful pictures Emma. The Buddleia is a real magnet for these.

ST said...

It has been the same nearer the coast on my plant.

Roy said...

A lovely set of butterfly images Emma. Regarding the Red Admirals, from now on into October we should be getting some of the new stock with richer colouring.

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