Category Archives: butterflies

Butterflies on vellum

A few butterflies around at last, here are four of the commonest: Peacock, Tortoishell, Painted Lady and Red Admiral.  The caterpillars of these four all feed on nettles so leave a little patch for them in your garden.  I’ve painted … Continue reading

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Bracken and a dead bumblebee

I’m enjoying doing these vignettes but for a change this week I couldn’t resist adding a few insects.  My husband breeds the Emperor moths and last years chrysalises have just hatched and I found the dead bumblebee  lying in the … Continue reading

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Nettles are important

Stinging nettles are the food plant of many of our loveliest butterflies: Red Admiral, Tortoishell, Painted Lady and the most beautiful of all, the Peacock. So don’t weed out all your nettles, keep some for the butterflies and this is … Continue reading

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