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Butterfly Spotting

| April 10, 2008

Today (Thursday 10th April 2008) I spotted the first butterfly of the season. It was a peacock butterfly. I spotted it this morning about 10am in my vegetable garden. Have you spotted any butterflies this year yet? – Let me know which butterfly you saw, where you saw it and when you saw it. really [...]

Speckled Wood Butterfly

| November 1, 2007

Speckled Wood Butterfly Latin Name: Parage aegeria. Description: The speckled wood butterfly has brown wings with creamy-yellow coloured spots on the upper wing with one small dark eye spot near the tip of the upper wing. The lower wings have creamy-yellow coloured spots and a row of three dark eye spots. Size: The wingspan of the speckled wood butterfly [...]

Butterflies Seen In July And August

| August 31, 2007

Butterflies seen in July and August on and around my farm are; Peacock Butterfly Comma Butterfly Wall Brown Red Admiral Cabbage White Small Tortoiseshell Speckled Wood     Butterflies Farm WildlifeButterflies, Farm Wildlife

Where Do Butterflies Go When It Rains?

| August 10, 2007

Where Do Butterflies Go When it Rains? When it rains butterflies roost; In garden buildings. On or in tree trunks. On the underside of leaves. Under dense leaves. In crevices in walls. In crevices in between rocks. Under the overhang of houses. Hanging on bushes and shrubs. Under rocks. In garages. These are the same [...]

Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly

| August 7, 2007

Latin Name: Aglais urticae Description:  The Small Tortoiseshell butterfly is bright orange with a black border and blue spots around the edge of the wings. The forewing has 3 rectangular black patches and the hindwings have black on them aswell. The underside of the wings are a black and brown colouring with a row of faint [...]

Small White / Cabbage White Butterfly

| August 6, 2007

Latin Name: Pieris rapae Description:  The Small White butterfly has white wings. The upperside of the wing has one black or grey spot on it’s forewing for the male and two for the female. There is also a black or grey patch on the tip of the forewing. Size: The wingspan on the Small White is approximately [...]

What Is A Butterfly?

| August 5, 2007

  A butterfly is an insect. They have 6 legs. Butterflies have 3 body parts. These insects have 2 antennae. Butterflies have overlapping scales on their wings. They are coldblooded. Butterflies begin their life as an egg which hatches into a caterpillar. The caterpillar then produces a chrysalis (pupa) which then transforms into the butterfly. [...]

Red Admiral Butterfly

| August 4, 2007

Latin Name: Vanessa Atalanta Description:  The Red Admiral is a brightly coloured butterfly with red bands and white spots on a black wing. Size: The wingspan of the Red Admiral is approximately 60-70mm. Habitat: The Red Admiral lives in gardens, hedgerows, orchards, woodlands and meadows. Food: They eat nectar, fermenting fruit such as apples, plums and pears, brambles, [...]

Where Do Butterflies Go At Night?

| August 3, 2007

I was recently asked the question Where Do Butterflies Go At Night? by TopVeg. This is an excellent question. Where Do Butterflies Go At Night? Butterflies roost and sleep; In garden buildings. On or in tree trunks. On the underside of leaves. Under dense leaves. In crevices in walls. In crevices in between rocks. Under [...]

Wall Brown Butterfly

| August 3, 2007

Latin Name: Lasiommata megera Description: The Wall Brown butterfly has orange wings with a brown border and brown markings on the wing. Near the tip of the forewings the Wall Brown has a prominent eye spot with an arc of 3 or 4 eye spots on the hindwing. The underside of the wing is a brown [...]