Frisky butterflies in the Spring sunshine!

The fine weather earlier this week – at the end of March 2021 – saw the emergence of some butterflies, Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, from their winter hibernation. Although they are hunkered down somewhere over the cold months, you would probably never find them (unless they are inside the trunk of an old tree), as…

Common but extremely beautiful: The small tortoiseshell

We are in the middle of The big butterfly count which is a nationwide survey run by Butterfly Conservation, Friday 14 July to Sunday 6 August, to assess the status of the nation’s butterflies (and moths). The Small tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) is one of the species the Great British Public is being asked to look out for, partly because sightings were significantly…

Watch out little butterfly!

A little butterfly skipping from flower to flower in the late afternoon sunshine. Enjoying little sips of nectar. Seemingly oblivious to the cares of this world. Yet there lurks a trap for this innocent little sprite. A spider has cast its net. Nature is not nice, or sweet. The innocent get consumed. Do the fittest…