Butterflies and moths

Warm weather butterflies

The fallen apples continue to attract butterflies. Up to 7 Red Admirals at a time today with single Commas and Speckled Woods. Sitting sketching in the warm September sun smelling the fermenting fruit and watching these impressive strong flyers I marvel at the distances they will fly as they head towards the south coast then out over the English Channel to breed near the Mediterranean in October or November. They will then die. Knowing the weather is set to turn much colder this weekend I wonder whether it will be next year before I see this number of Red Admirals again? The Speckled Wood will hibernate and emerge next Spring to produce a new generation.

Watercolour sketch- Red Admiral on fallen apples
Speckled Wood feeding on 'sugar'
Speckled Wood

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