forms of life which visit my garden and I had a treat earlier this week
when I spotted an unusual butterfly on our Buddleia. Before going out
to investigate I had a look through the binoculars and couldn't believe
my eyes! It was a Camberwell Beauty! We have lived in Lincolnshire
for 24 years and this was the first one we have ever seen in our garden.
Its a rare and infrequent visitor to the East Coast of England (we live
not too far away from the Wash) and although we used to get many,
many varieties of butterflies, in the last three years or so we have
noticed that we see only a fraction of those who used to be regulars.
This year in particular started off very badly and when it came to the
Weekend Butterfly Count, I would have had to say - 'no sightings at
all'! However, after having carefully checked with the binoculars in
case I disturbed it, I grabbed my camera and proceeded very
carefully towards the Buddleia. I need not have worried. Luckily this
is one of the less nervous species! It just carried on feeding!
I took some shots but then it very co-operatively moved down to a
branch just on my eye level and I had a field day! It posed for me at
every possible angle! Here are the results! And to 'ice the cake' so
to speak, it stayed all day on that one large bush often accompanied
by Red Admirals, Peacocks and a couple of Small Tortoiseshells.
When I enlarged the photos I even found one which had a Silver Y
sharing the flower but unfortunately he was out of focus!
Also, as promised I want to include a photo of the Bird Cage similar to the one which Jazzi filled so beautifully with 'An Afternoon Tea Party'. I am going to include one of Jazzi's photos too, hopefully with a link to her post!
My Bird Cage - Height is 17" and diameter 10"
It is made of cast iron and I think the mesh part is steel.