Blue Monday: Doris Longwing (4 Photos)
The Doris Longwing (Heliconiini Laparus doris) is a new butterfly to the 2016 Butterflies In The Glasshouse event at RHS Wisley Gardens. The Doris has striking, iridescent patches of blue on the upperside of the hindwing. The underside shows patches and stripes of red as do many other longwings, they can sometimes be hard to tell apart! They’re graceful, dainty and beautiful to watch in flight, or sunning themselves and feeding. The annual event is on now until March 6th. If you are planning to visit at the weekend, or during school half-term, you would be wise to book yourselves a time slot as the glasshouse gets very busy and queues can grow quickly! I hope that my photos of these wonderful creatures entice you to visit and enjoy the magic for yourselves. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits and banish any Winter blues!
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