First butterfly in the garden in 2013

15 February 2013

Whoopee! The first butterfly of the year has turned up – a Peacock, which sat on our conservatory roof for a few minutes, warming up his wings. No doubt tempted out, as I was, by the unusual phenomenon of sunshine.

Peacock butterfly on white buddliea (not the one I saw today)

Peacock butterfly on white buddliea (not the one I saw today)

It’s easy to think butterflies only exist in summer, when we see the adult butterflies flitting about, but really they are there all the time.  Some butterflies, like Peacocks, spend the winter as an adult – perhaps hiding in your shed – but others overwinter as eggs, or caterpillars, or as a chrysalis.

If you want to keep up with what butterflies have been seen in Dorset (as reported to the website) go to www.dorsetbutterflies.com; to see first sightings nationally, go to www.butterflyconservation.org.

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One Comment to “First butterfly in the garden in 2013”

  1. How lovely! The Peacock is one of my favourites 🙂 I haven’t been lucky enough to see any butterflies yet but hopefully the warm weather will tempt some more to come out of hiding. x

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