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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Suddenly we have butterflies!

With the temperature on the Heath reaching 30 degrees, it was perhaps unsurprising that our garden was full of butterflies. Despite a fairly gusty westerly, ten different species of these splendid creatures spent the day flitting from buddleia to centranthus.

Most abundant were the Lesser Tortoiseshells, with over fifty counted, followed closely by Red Admiral. Peacock, and Small White. Most pleasing were the four Painted Ladies and pair of Brimstones, while just one of each of Gatekeeper, Large White, Speckled Wood and Meadow Brown passed through.

Nothing rare, then, but plenty to brighten up the garden!

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