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Lovely. The speckled wood is one of my favourite butterflies, I love those circles. Great to see lots of wildlife down at the plot (or elsewhere?)
The speckled wood was at Mount Grace Priory, CJ
Never seen that butterfly before, obviously don't get it with us! We get cabbage whites by the bucket load!!
It's very rarely seen on the plot Rosie this one wasn't
What type of caterpillar is it?
It's a cinnabar moth caterpillar, Mark
Lovely wildlife shots Sue x
I was going to ask the same question as Mark, I'm no good with caterpillars. It's lovely and colourful though, I wonder if it will be as colourful once it transforms.
It's a cinnabar moth caterpillar, Jo usually found on groundsel or ragwort etc,
So is the caterpillar considered good or bad? Here I'm willing to sacrifice some dill for butterflies like the swallowtail, but not for the cabbage whites.
It dies no harm Daphne and feeds on some weed plants.
Well spotted Sue! Excuse the pun :)
I love seeing these helpful critters in the garden - my problem is that I sometimes don't know if the ones I see are good or bad. I'm sure as the years go on, I'll become more adept on that front.
I wonder how many harmless creatures are squished for just that reason, Margaret.
What a coincidence! My post was on butterfly too! ;)
Yes I read it - it is a co-incidence and we are not the only ones.
The monarchs are back here so just waiting for their caterpillars to appear on the dill plants. Lovely pictures.
Do you get lots of Monarchs tpals as I have seen films showing them in migration swarms in huge numbers?
They don't swarm here. Just individuals or sometimes pairs.
There are some very attractive creatures crawling round our gardens, aren't there?
There are Patsy along with some nasties.
Coincidence? I took a photo of this in France and hadn't got around to identifying it when, lo and behold, you post the very same butterfly.Sans blague!!!
Perfect synchronicity, Mal
Wonderful, absolutely wonderful!xxx
...Now the buddleia is in flower, Dina I am hoping for lots more butterflies to photograph.
Lovely close-ups. I love speckled woods too and cinnabar caterpillars, we get lots on the plot / wider allotment site. My plot is a bit like a meadow in places with tall plantain etc so we get Brown butterflies too plus with a large buddliea just in flower there'll be more variety. I came eye to (wing) eye with a peacock butterfly the other day,it gave me a bit of a shock!
Peacocks are our most abundant butterfly in the plot, Lou Beautiful aren't they?
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