View of orange butterfly with black and yellow markings resting on the trunk of a tree.

Small Tortoiseshell. Photo: Shona Refoy.

Shona’s butterfly winter famine ended last Friday 06/03/2020.  The wind finally dropped, the sun shone for a while and then she saw her first butterfly of the year – a male Brimstone which flew past her at speed while she was eating lunch in her Corfe Mullen garden so no chance of a photo possible.  However, later that day she went to Kingston Lacy where saw this Small Tortoiseshell basking on a Lime tree, not far from where she had seen two Small Tortoiseshells last Autumn.  Also in the kitchen garden at Kingston Lacy she saw a rather tatty Red Admiral nectaring on a Hyacinth – she tells us that she was very happy to see some butterflies for the first time in nearly four months.

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