Butterflies and moths

Butterflies on windfall fruit

Sketch of Comma on fallen apple
Red Admiral

As summer turns to autumn I look  forward to the sight of butterflies feeding on fallen fruit. Red Admirals and Commas visited the garden today to feed under the apple tree. In the case of the Red Admiral it is feeding up for a long journey back to southern Europe to breed on nettles there in October and November.  The Comma is building up energy to enable it to spend the winter in hibernation, camouflaged perfectly as a fallen leaf.

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