I spent a lovely afternoon at RHS Wisley Gardens yesterday, wandering through the pinetum and woodland areas, chasing butterflies. The woods in the pinetum are full of native bluebells. Their importance as a food source for butterflies and other insects was so evident in the number that we spotted! I found six different butterfly species in and around one small area of bluebells. Brimstone butterflies were by far the most numerous! They delighted us all with a dance of love, as the more vibrant males competed for the attention of the paler females. Pure magic! My featured image, of the male and female dancing together, is my entry for this week’s Fotospeed challenge. I’m including a gallery of all six butterfly species below; comma, large white, brimstone, green-veined white, peacock and speckled wood.
Although I can share my favourite photo from today, and later publish an album of my visit on Facebook, I can not possibly convey the magic of the light playing through the trees, the heady scents of magnolia and hyacinth, the complete peace encompassed by the birdsong and the flitting shadows of butterflies.
I saw a number of butterflies today including this lovely female Brimstone, lots of Commas, Large Whites and a Orange Tip. Signs of a very healthy garden 🙂