For a number of years, I’ve had a Buddleja in the front garden, and just trim it every now and then. In Spring, it was chopped right to the ground because it was getting to woody, but it grew back and is a good size now. However, there hasn’t been much flying life appearing on it… until the last couple of days, when I’ve seen quite a few butterflies. Manly Large Whites, but I also saw a Speckled Wood, which is always nice to see.
This is a picture of the Large White.
As part of my volunteer conservation work, we have been widening various rides on the Mottisfont Estate, to aid butterflies on their travels. Considering it is almost December we were lucky enough to have been visited by a Comma. A very nice butterfly, and you can see from the picture, one the easily blends in with the background. Luckily they seem to have a white ‘c’ on their underside… which is a bit of a give away!