A couple of days ago at work, on a very mild day, I was taking a breaktime stroll when I was surprised - to say the least - to see a familiar bright yellow form fluttering around the bushes.
A male Brimstone, up about five weeks earlier than I've ever seen one before, and in beautiful condition.
I think it had perhaps realised it had awoken rather too early, as it was settling much more than brimstones normally do, and seemed very keen to get back into cover perhaps to go back to sleep.
Judging by my feeds on Instagram and Threads, I'm far from the only person to have come across one!
Have you seen any butterflies out of bed when they shouldn't be?
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