Monday 29 July 2019

Some Beautiful Flutterers about Today

I've noticed this year that I've barely seen a peacock butterfly all year.

Well that all changed today, for with a bit of sun after the dire weekend weather. I've been outside for several hours today, with three walks and a short run, and every buddleia bush I came across had several of these gorgeous creatures sat nectaring on the pink, purple and white flowers.

The second flight has obviously come through very late, and come through strong. It's a pity it's hard to get them to spread their wings for the camera though.

Also present in numbers were painted ladies, not seen many of these for a good five or so years. Obviously the big migration talked about has made it up as far as Nottinghamshire!

Saw a lovely comma as well, and this one too allowed me to get a good photo. So it has been a very colourful day.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 29.07.19


  1. I spent a few minutes yesterday photographing the visitors to a buddleia bush at RSPB Sandy. Peacock, Painted Lady, Red Admiral and Brown Argus all posed very obligingly. The warden later told us that a Purple Emperor had been seen in the locality recently but was obviously engaged in matters of state (or whatever emperors do) yesterday.

  2. I've been taking butterfly photos too for tomorrows post - but only Peacocks on Buddleia like yours and Gate Keepers on the meadow.
    Good to see a Comma, haven't seen any here

  3. Lovely shots. All I'm seeing at the moment are cabbage whites.

  4. Beautiful pictures!
    Up here in Coverdale I saw the first painted lady before the end of June. I checked with one of the Yorkshire Butterfly sites and someone had seen them days before I did. What amazing creatures they are.

  5. Lovely photos, specially the peacocks, such vibrant colours. The painted lady migration has reached Scotland too, we're surrounded by fluttering hordes of them

  6. I admit I do sharpen and saturate the pictures a little bit, but thank you!

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