Monday, July 16, 2007


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These are regular visitors to the garden here, but they don't settle long, and soon bugger off to other gardens when it becomes obvious there are no nasturtiums or cabbages in our plot.

That said, I have been trying to take a photo or two of our Large White visitors, but with no success until this afternoon.

This is a battered female Large White, I expect she's taken a pounding with all the wind and rain recently.

There is a good number of White Butterfly species in Britain - the Large, the Small, the Green-Veined, the Wood, the Orange-Tip the Bath and the Marbled are the ones I can remember off the top of my head.

The Large (this one) is by far the most common visitor to the nation's gardens though, and it can (usually) be distinguished by a prominent black (or dark) corner of the forewings which extends (usually) half way down the wing. That distinguishes it quite readily from the (smaller, obviously) Small White, which looks very similar apart from the extent of its black corners to its wings.

I'm trying to take a photo of the fantastic Red Admiral butterfly also, which sometimes flutters into our garden - but that doesn't stay long either.

We need a Buddleia!

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