View of a Peacock and a Tortoiseshell nectaring on Buddleia, both showing upper wings

Peacock and Tortoiseshell. Photo: Paul Griffiths

Paul photographed this Peacock and a Tortoiseshell on 30/7/14 in his garden at Bearwood.

It would be interesting to know if Paul was lucky enough to see this sight in 2018, as Tortoiseshell butterflies were sadly rarely seen in Dorset this year nor were the usual numbers of Peacocks seen. Let us hope we will still see sights as lovely as this in future years and the lack of sightings this year was just a one off, due maybe to the intense heat we suffered during their usual flight period.

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