Two Red Admirals and a Peacock….. which are the butterflies I photographed in the garden this afternoon. This is my offering this week for Susan’s Macro Moments Challenge: Week 7,  which is a link well worth a click.

Before I became interested in butterflies a few years back, I had grown up convinced that there were only two sorts in UK:  there were big white ones and there were Red Admirals. When I retired and started doing macro photography, I was amazed stunned  flabbergasted to find out that there are 57 species in the British Isles. So far I’ve probably seen around fifty of these and I love them all.

This afternoon in the garden there were Red Admirals, Peacocks, Green-Veined Whites and a Small Tortoiseshell.  All this in a small garden within a couple of hours after lunch.

Whilst there is a small resident population of Red Admirals in The British Isles, mostly are migrants:

Starting each spring and continuing through the summer there are northward migrations, which are variable in extent and timing, from North Africa and continental Europe. The immigrant females lay eggs and consequently there is an emergence of fresh butterflies, from about July onwards. They continue flying into October or November and are typically seen nectaring on garden buddleias or flowering ivy and on rotting fruit. – Butterfly Conservation


Red Admiral butterfly macro

Red Admiral ©HelenBushe 



Red Admiral

Red Admiral  Drinking Nectar ©HelenBushe 


There was a Peacock Butterfly enjoying the reflected warmth from the wall of the house as well as the sun on its back.

Peacock butterfly macro

Peacock Butterfly ©HelenBushe


The Peacock’s spectacular pattern of eyespots, evolved to startle or confuse predators, make it one of the most easily recognized and best known species. It is from these wing markings that the butterfly gained its common name. Undersides of the wings are very dark and look like dead leaves. A fairly large butterfly and a strong flyer. Butterfly Conservation


Peacock butterfly macro

Peacock Close-up ©HelenBushe


suzannerogersonfantasyauthor · 7 August 2016 at 18:19

Beautiful butterflies.

    HMB · 7 August 2016 at 18:59

    Thanks for commenting Suzanne.

Susan Gutterman · 5 August 2016 at 21:51

Beautiful, Helen! Good thing I had some luck in my own garden, or I’d be crying! The information on butterflies in GB is also very interesting. Will you please submit a single photo, per the rules of the challenge. You may enter as many times as you’d like, but only one photo per entry. Thank you!

    HMB · 9 August 2016 at 21:03

    Yes, sorry about that. I’d forgotten it was only a single photo . Thank you for your kind comments.

Laurie Graves · 5 August 2016 at 21:10

So very beautiful!

    HMB · 5 August 2016 at 21:11

    Thanks Laurie for such encouraging comment. Have s good weekend.

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