Hello blogworld wherever you are. Hope you are all coping with whatever restrictions your governments have put upon you. Here we should only leave home to go to work (which I must), buy essentials or one daily exercise. It’s not been a great hardship this week as after early morning frosts we have had wall to wall sunshine and temperatures up to a whole 11c! Which means we have had visitors to the garden, yes butterflies!
Much like a repeat of last year the first species spotted was a lemon yellow male Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni). Not long after I noticed a dark shape flitting about the flowerbed, could only be a Peacock (Aglais io). Straight out of hibernation they spend a lot of time sat on bare earth to absorb as much warmth as possible. Not much feeding is noticed apart from the attraction of the blossom when they first wake up. Then it’s all down to fighting! Territory is important as the testosterone kicks in.
Next seen was the Comma. It has a very distinctive fast glide with flickering wingtips. These too like to bask in the sun and squabble among themselves and with the Peacocks. The garden has been like an insect battleground at times.
Since Saturday the weather has changed. The wind has swung 180 to the north, got very strong and being only a couple of miles from the North Sea it’s a bit chilly, as I was typing this we had a snow shower! Stay sane everyone.