Monday, 5 August 2019

Chasing Butterflies

I was happy to see butterflies in my Butterfly Park again this past weekend. (The park has another boring name really, but I've been calling it Butterfly Park since I first started blogging.) I love chasing butterflies around the flowerbeds there with my camera - I find it strangely meditative. (At least when I'm the only human there - which on this occasion I was!)

Predominant this year are the Painted Ladies, or thistle butterflies. We are having quite an invasion of those in Sweden this year (and so does Britain, I've gathered from friends over there). They come here from the Mediterranean area and North Africa in the spring, but I don't think we've ever seen as many of them before as this year (well not in modern times anyway). Enough to be News in all the media, especially back in May when they first arrived. (I'm guessing that many of those we see now are the offspring of the migrants.)

 And they seem to really love the Echinacea flowers in the park...


However, I also spotted two colourful ones of different kind... One of them (Peacock) I noticed while I was there in the park; the other one (Small Tortoiseshell) not until I got the photos up on my screen at home!

Peacock butterfly

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

There were also several white ones.

And some busy bumblebees as well.

Through My Lens


  1. i would really like to visit your butterfly garden. wow. flowers on the ground and flying flowers in the air and on the flowers. what could be more beautiful. PLUS no people!!!!

  2. Love seeing the butterflies on the coneflowers.

  3. We don't get many butterflies at our cabin, but we still have a few swallowtails. - Margy

  4. You did good! They are gorgeous, and really spectacular when paired with the pretty flowers. I know what you mean about chasing them. It kind of takes everything out of your mind, and is meditative in a way. It is like a relaxing concentration.

  5. Parks like that are so important!
    I can imagine the unusual high numbers of that butterfly has something to do with the change of climate.

    1. Sounds likely, I suppose... Even if it's still a mystery to me how birds and butterflies know when and where to to go...!

  6. Butterflies and bees have been in relatively short supply this year on Lewis. Our weather has been less than favourable. However the incredible warm week or two in April and the subsequent heavy rains have meant an explosion in plant growth. It's a shame that the insects are not here to take advantage.


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