Peacock butterflies starting to appear…

Ten days ago I wrote of the disspiriting lack of butterflies this year, a fact noticed by practically everybody I spoke to, written about in the Independent and confirmed by the organisation, Butterfly Conservation.

This week I’ve seen several silver studded blue butterflies on sea hollies and other plants by the Suffolk coast. And this morning to my enormous joy, I counted at least thirteen peacocks on our buddleia, along with several red admirals and a few meadow browns. There are also a couple of large whites in the garden.

These aren’t huge numbers but their presence in the garden is a joy and a relief. And it certainly deserves an update on the Big Butterfly Count.

Image: Peacock butterfly on buddleia, 2010 by Mark Watson (creative commons with attribution non commercial no derivatives)

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